Who’s in Charge?
“If one is determined to reach enlightenment, what is the most essential method one can practice?” “The most essential method, which includes all other methods, is beholding the mind”
The thoughts we are unaware of cause all our problems.
Unlike children, adults are typically in a state of continuous distraction: While doing some routine task, we don’t know we are thinking. All our problems breed and multiply in inattention.
Our mind is naturally intelligent. Intelligent, in that it is not harmful—if we know what is doing, what it is creating.
No need to set aside a specific time to observe your mind. Each moment of daily life can be observed, can be brought into the light of awareness.
In the beginning, occasionally, you will glimpse what your thinking is creating. But with sustained and committed practice, more often and more easily, you will begin to see where all your troubles comes from.
As you become more familiar with your mind, you will observe this reality: the act of noticing is letting go. In that brief moment of noticing, perfect, silent awareness is all there is, and is all you need to do everything.
When, for the first time, you become acutely aware of a thought train that has been wrecking you for months—when you know that the problem is in your way of thinking only—that will be a liberating moment. Then, as Bodhidharma recommended, go right back to beholding your mind.
Notice your mind, let go. Notice, let go. Over and over and over. That is the practice.
One of my favorites from Shunryu Suzuki: “Things go the way the mind goes.”
If know what your mind is creating, that’s all you have to do.
I’ll post a new topic each Friday afternoon, in one of two categories. One will be on shooting, and the other will be on living. Or: how I learned to live from what I learned by competing.
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