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If Mind is a thing then we would be able to locate it.
I've always thought of mind like a sensory organ minus the organ.
It's the most beautiful process ever there was! But then, remember what told me that.
You don't even want to know what my Mom told me it meant but I don't say it.
I got to where a monk should abandon laughter before my eyes rolled in my head.
A monk isn't supposed to laugh?
I’ve mostly gotten the hang of “just returning to the breath” recently. Controlling thoughts tends to be futile because in what direction would you control them, and isn’t that another thought... it is better to watch for the arising of thoughts, and as soon as you notice you have been carried away (again!) to label it a thought and return to the breath.
Watching could also become a burden and create anxiety. Am I watching at all times? Did I miss something? And also the very desire to be aware (as opposed to being unaware) creates resistance.
But then when resistance breaks down and awareness settles on the breath there's that moment when you become aware of the awareness of breath, the breath thought, and aware of the awareness of awareness of breath, the awareness thought. What to do with those?
Laugh, let'em go and return to the breath.
This isn't the word association thread, folks....
Sorry for the fork
Was just trying to be cute
A bit of poked fun
At the expense of purists