Happiness comes through taming the mind; without taming the mind there is no way to be happy — Dalai Lama
How to Practice: The Way to a Meaningful Life — H.H. Dalai Lama
As usual, the mind is a monkey. We need to understand and tame the monkey. I had a very good session today and I feel like I am slowly developing enough awareness to the literal ways of mind. After a while, I had my session at the meditation room provided at work. By the time I walked into the room, I was breathing heavily and when I sat down, it took me about 4-5 minutes into the session to normalize my breath. When I was trying to focus on breath, a wave of thoughts appeared as if like there is no tomorrow. One noticeable difference between now and pre-challenge days is I learned to patiently tame the thoughts and let them flow into a black hole. Once I took care of that, I had some really awesome periods of no thoughts. You have to really experience the feeling of just a solid color (Purple, Red, Blue or Yellow) appear to your mind eye and you are absolutely lost in that color. You become one with it.
It is not an exaggeration that thoughts, though somewhat kinda abstract, weigh like 20-30lbs. When I am experiencing these periods of no thoughts, my body feels so lighter and I can feel all parts of body a little looser. I am not sure if any of you have experienced this but its an amazing feeling. It feels like all the stresses of the world have been lifted off my shoulders.
In theory, I have heard from wise souls that we should not let mind be the master and instead we should be the master of mind and tame it. I had moments when I felt like I tamed my mind. Now, if only I can make it consistent in all aspects of my life even during non-meditative times 🙂 I am actually starting to believe that its not wishful thinking. That itself is a great progress in my life.
Today’s tip : I have come up with possible stages of mind.
- Mind tries to throw the kitchen sink at you. This is its normal, untamed self for most people including yours truly.
- Second stage is you take everything mind throws at you without judgement and break its ego which in turn creates placeholder for awareness.
- Third stage is when pure awareness takes over and becomes conduit for creativity to flow.