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The zen path

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Instead of the gradual path, you could have a crack at the zen path. It's a bit more straightforward:

1. Get your sitting posture stable - it's import to get the right posture
2. Just sit
3. Keep sitting

At a certain point, something will trigger a moment of perfect clarity in the mind. You may be out shopping, you may be at the zoo, you may see a leaf flutter out of the corner of your eye - it could be anything.

It just happens by itself

The gradual path

I thought I'd jot down some of things I've encountered on the gradual path of mind training. This is probably why most people don't bother...

Practice daily
Observe the body (repeat)
Observe the senses (repeat)
Practice eating
Practice listening
Observe sounds
Notice pain
Notice pleasure
Observe moods
Observe thoughts
Bare attention
Clear comprehension
Observe the breath
Notice tension
Notice relaxation
The relaxation moment
The in breath
The out breath
The resting moment
Notice the whole body
Relax the whole body
Allow pleasure
Notice wanting
Notice anger
Notice anxiety
Notice doubt
Notice weariness
Thoughts are not you
Behind thinking
The observing mind
Observe patterns
Observe reactivity
Accepting you don't know
Going deeper
Wandering mind
Mental proliferation
Calming the body
Calming the mind
Notice (5 elements)
Notice (32 body parts)
Notice initial attention
Notice sustained attention
Notice pleasure
Notice bliss
Notice unified mind
Notice hatred
Notice love
Notic…

You are not your thoughts

That's it really. Have a thought, let it go. Where do they come from? Well, that's where it gets interesting. We are all in this soup. Who is in your bowl?

Anyway, take a step back and breathe. Then you will know what to do.

Focus on the space

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Notice the body and forms
Then notice the space

Don't get too excited about it. Just know that it is there.

Still meditating

Calm
Breathe in,
Pause,
Breathe out,
Rest in the gap,

....

Breathe in,
Pause,
Breathe out,
Relax,
Rest in the gap,

Slowly, slowly, slowly
I yield