Friday, June 15, 2007

On the journey to the ocean of calm there
are a number of thieves lurking in the dark
whose only intent is to steal your treasure,
to prevent you from reaching your core.
Their intent is to ambush you.

What follows is a list of the most ruthless
thieves to inner calm, how they operate, and
how to avoid them.

1. One Thousand Thoughts.
* Allow them to be there
* Keep refocusing on your practice.

2. Storm of Emotions
* Total awareness technique is perfect
for this

* Use your body to express, however slightly,
your emotions

3. Monkey Mind
* Write down your list of “to do’s” as
each appears

4. False Master
* Recognize that the thought, “I’ve mastered
this,” is a trap. Then, return to the practice.
* Mastery is doing the technique constantly.

5. False Expectations
* Remember the analogy of the rusty garden tap;
often it takes time for pure, clear water
to flow.

6. The Judge
* Keep bringing your attention back to sensations
in your body, and remember the first three Laws
of Meditation - relax, be gentle, and be playful.

7. Super Calm = No Thoughts
* You will always have thoughts. Allow them to
be there. Simply keep your attention on your
meditation practice regardless of what
thoughts appear.

8. Super Calm = Less Thoughts
* Totally allow thoughts to be there, like a
distant sound, or an image appearing in your
peripheral vision. Gently keep your attention
on your practice.

9. Super Calm = Positive Thoughts
* Meditation is a journey deeper than thoughts
regardless of what thoughts they are (positive,
negative, profound, mundane). Allow them to be
there. Gently keep your attention on your practice.

10. “I’ll Never Use My Mind Again.”
* The mind is like a tool. Use it when you need
it. Drop it when you don’t. Great meditators
know the difference.

11. “I Must Ignore My Thoughts.”
* Meditation has nothing to do with thoughts.
It has everything to do with focusing on the now.
* Meditation is like holding onto a chain-pulling
link-by-link, moment-by-moment, into the core.

~ Adapted from Meditation in a New York Minute, by Mark Thornton

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