Meditation and the ‘Running Commentary’ Distraction
'A great distraction at times are so-called “running commentary” thoughts such as, “Now I am not thinking of anything,” “Things are going very well now,” “This is dreadful; my mind just won't stay still” and the like… All such thoughts should simply be noted as “Thinking,” and as Huang Po says, just “dropped like a piece of rotten wood.” “Dropped,” notice, not thrown down. A piece of rotten wood is not doing anything to irritate you, but is of no use, so there is no point in hanging on to it… Nor is there any need to try and retrace the links in a chain of associated thoughts, nor to try to ascertain what it was that first started the chain. Any such impulse should itself be noted simply as “Thinking,” and the mind should revert to the breathing. However badly things have just been going, one should take up again at the only pace one can - where one is - and go on from there.’
- Bhikkhu Mangalo, The Practice of Recollection.
Who’s reading whose mind? It’s all one mind.
"Let your brain whirl and spin itself
into blessed exhausted silence.
Let it rest like a baby
in the open palmed hands
of the heart held Now."
"Be responsible for the energy you bring."
異界 deep, deep green
Sasuke Inari shrine, Kamakura, Japan. The shady, mossy premise truly felt like an entrance to a different world where everything is imbued with supernatural spirit.
By : Yu
"Condemn none: if you can stretch out a helping hand, do so. If you cannot, fold your hands, bless your brothers, and let them go their own way."
"The scriptures speak of three Holy rivers Within.
These are Existence, Consciousness, and Bliss.
Being beyond thought or effort
they cannot be objectified or subjectified.
They are so dear, so near,
behind the retina and before the breath.
You need not see This, you are it."
Me and my baby at our riverside home <3 (I’m posing for one of my elvenstar photos!). Currently living with the Rainbow Family.The rolling mists of Avalon are truly beautiful to behold in the morning…Glastonbury truly is magical… Synchronicities are afoot… Happy Equinox all!
"Our notions about happiness entrap us. We forget that they are just ideas. Our idea of happiness can prevent us from actually being happy. We fail to see the opportunity for joy that is right in front of us when we are caught in a belief that happiness should take a particular form."