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We shouldn't read too much into it. Those things were written a long time ago. Neuroscience has confirmed that the brain automatically processes information using thought, imagination, etc. Control is possible, but only for a specific duration. It can't be sustained.
Who is the controller @techie ?
Dharma Practice is like.....Washing/rinsing the mind out with a good dose of Truth...
Dharma Practice is like......................................................fill in the blanks
"See for yourself" ( Ehipassiko )
~The Buddha~ (Thus have I been told)
My thoughts seem to be slow and with persistence, so I don’t notice the monkey mind very much. It’s just a succession of thoughts, a slow stream that I’m caught up in, not really monkey chatter.
When I pause it seems emptiness is very much there... but underlying it there is still worry energy lurking beneath the surface, ready to try and take over if I feed it attention.
I like the way Thich Nhat Hanh explains it, the conscious mind and the store, where all the seeds are, and by giving attention we call up the energy of different seeds into the conscious mind, which then grow stronger or weaker in the store.
Years of conditioning/programming, reinforcing unwholesome habits such as worry, anxiety, fear ,(the mind at WAR) have for many become the default option, or one could say comfort zone which one's mind slips back into in times of so-called crises...
Mindfulness practice is like exercising the mind's muscles of 'awareness & attention' ....The more one persists in one's practice the easier the peace keeping becomes...That is... to flex these muscles ...
Today I came across this...
Eco-friendly laundry liquid in a "CARDBOARD" bottle...Somebody had donated it- (at work we run the foodbank for the local community)
I thought "Well that's different...not something one sees everyday"