Showing posts from May, 2014

The mind throws up junk

If we sit still for a bit we start to get a sense of what goes through our mind at any given moment - impressions, memories, words, phrases, visions and so on. A lot of this is basically junk that we discard because it is not relevant in the moment, however there is a deeper current of thought that runs through us that we do believe in - our view of the world. In order to know that this is also junk, we need to see the world through different eyes - we need to experience things differently. Then we understand that what we think is real is not real at all - indeed anything could be true if we thought about it that way. Still with me? Look at how you feel in particular situations and look at the thoughts that shape those feelings (and vice versa). The thoughts and feelings are entirely arbitrary - they are a manifestation of circumstances. You could equally be having the opposite thoughts and feelings if you'd been built that way. Indeed, if you keeping watching your mind you can ob…

Understanding the mind

The mind is a very complex, sophisticated piece of equipment but we all have one and we have a choice about how it behaves. Now, seeing this for ourselves is a tricky business because the mind that wants to know what is going on is operating in a different way to the mind that is simply experiencing what is going on. I will be attempting to explore some of this in my next few posts if possible - once you get the mind tamed, feeling good becomes your buoyant state of being.

The first step in this rather complex deconstruction is accepting that the mind is painting a picture for us about the world that we can understand and relate to. This picture is biased in a number of different ways but the main bias is to hide the fact that we are not the centre of the universe and we are not going to be here forever. You can see this bias by recording some thoughts: we are nearly constantly thinking about ourselves. This offers us some light relief about some the things we might worry about - how …