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Lojong mind training

I appeared to have ended up in the world of mind training and it's a good way of keeping the mind away from the dark side. You can invent your own system, but you could also just adopt something like the lojong mind training phrases - they are fairly comprehensive but some of them require some extra curricular knowledge to know what they are going on about. In essence, your mind training program should cover :

- a body mind technique like meditation or yoga or tai chi
- a pointer to the unborn / zero mind
- positive reinforcement
- wise behaviour
- an expanded, no self sense of the world
- wholesome thoughts

Hmm, that's probably enough.

You might think that you don't need mind training because it seems to working just fine as it is. However, there's more to life than what your mind is giving you. You don't want to miss the other marvellous things on offer, do you?

The power of mindfulness

Mindfulness is everywhere these days and I've avoided using it on this blog for no real good reason. However I do find it more and more useful these days so I thought I'd write a little about it. Mindfulness is the relaxed, detached awareness of events passing through the mind. Once you have tuned into this mode of operation, you effectively have no problems - you are outside whatever is bothering you. This is where I find power in mindfulness.

The thing underneath it all

Investigation is a good way to blow your mind. We inquire into something, like 'who am I', and we go to very, very interesting places - which is quite handy if you can't get out much.

So let's go somewhere interesting:
- I have a mind. I see things, hear things, think things. - I can hear a sound and not think about it. Just sounds, coming and going. - The same with thoughts and sights - although your eyes might go funny and things might disappear - We might recognise the movement of the mind to recognise things.  - We might recognise the mind just letting things go - We might see the activity of the mind. Coloured lights or other speckled rushes. - if we hang out there, we let go. - we might see our self forming out of this activity - we might see awareness forming - we might not bother to have any awareness form. We are just a light thing. - now, we might sense that there is a fabric of reality underlying all this activity. It's what everything is made of - the t…