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Control your mind — 2 Comments

  1. Who is it that controls the mind? When I was able to see that controlling (pushing/forcing/trying) was just another painful process, preceded and succeeded immediately by another painful process (holding/clinging/thinking..whatever), there was continuity to the mindfulness, and the insights started. The determination to keep watching is there and unnoticed for a while, until it is noticed as one of the things that arises and falls, and then mindfulness happens by itself – no one is doing it anymore. Initially, lack of satisfaction (dukkha) did the controlling; so the same program that was the problem was trying to fix the program – impossible. And all the while, the temple of emptiness is here, unnoticed, not jaded by dukkha, and unaffected by a person fighting to achieve it. We can’t fix ourselves to enlightenment, only to better births and better fortune.
    Thanks to the author for the inspiration to write my first comment. May the above article and this comment help in your practice and not cause more confusion. I never achieve much by thinking about my practice; thinking is never-ending, always making more puzzles. We can do a disservice by stimulating more thought. I’ll stop writing now if you stop reading, and we’ll both go practice immediately! 🙂

  2. I agree absolutely regarding the conundrum of using the mind to let go of the mind. The trick of letting go of the mind, at least as I’m learning it through a very intense Qigong practice, is to use the mind as a tool, not a weapon. In Qigong I use my mind to see/understand a highly nuanced arm movement or a broad notion like “relax.” Then, trusting in the mind ‘s ability to grasp concepts, I try to relinquish control of my mind and allow the body, breath and energy to do their stuff.

    The more I “think” about what I’m trying to do, the less I can do it. However once I have an idea where I’m heading with a movement and can relax into it, awareness, mindfulness and even power arise.

    As in meditation, performing a Qigong movement or entire form acceptably on one occasion means nothing. Conditions, awareness and mindfulness are constant only in their inconstancy. At the next session I’m often back to square one. Yet each time my understanding grows and, in infinitesimal increments, I release the mind that controls out of fear and habit instead of from understanding and peacefulness.