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A friend sent me this doco Tashi and the Monk ( I'm about to watch it now...)
The Dharma is like "Hotel California" you can check out but you can never leave....
I always leave my kitchen window open and earlier on this evening, I went into the kitchen and came across an insect party in full swing...
There were Preying mantises just chilling
a Crane fly just hanging,
a Moth tripping the light fantastic
Just for clarification. I meant inner chatter, not making small talk with other people.
If you mean monkey chatter ie, the racket ( non-stop chatter) that goes on inside ones head...Then I would say
Monkey chatter is neither good nor bad but "thinking" makes it so
A tamed monkey mind is a good friend, and can be quite helpful if you give it a task to do ie, put one's mind to it but a wild ie, the untamed monkey mind, will get one into all kinds of mischief....
"My mind was once full of noisy monkey who really liked to chat-
never stopping for a minute even when I sat…
One day a wise Lama who meditates did say-
'There is a trick that you could use to make them go away!'
Well I was all ears I wanted to know what was it I could do-
to be rid of those pesky monkey who had made my mind a zoo…
He said 'Just concentrate on your breathing that should do the trick-
paying more attention to the present moment will make them feel home sick.
They will slowly leave through your nose or mouth and dissolve into the air-
leaving a place of true contentment - a mind without a care.'
Well it did the trick, I concentrated on my breathing and my mind became quite free-
an inner peace now fills the space where monkey chatter used to be!
However, I do like all sentient beings, even monkeys who liked to chat-
but they can take their gossip elsewhere-for I’ve had enough of that !!!"
You're welcome...Anything for a fellow tea nerd