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Your "Mind Diet"?

JaySonJaySon Florida Veteran

If you had to create a Mind Diet, what to put in your mind and what to discard, what would that diet consist of and how would you go about sticking to the diet?

" 'Guarding the sensory faculties' means protecting your mind against such attachment and hostility, and making great effort not to produce them." -Je Tsongkhapa

My Mind Diet would be setting the mind on only Virtuous Objects and steering my mind away from Non-Virtuous Objects. This means I'd study and contemplate Virtuous Objects--impermanence, love, emptiness, ethical discipline, karma, etc--and set my mind single-pointedly on those strong feelings that come from such contemplation. I'd alternate between analysis and single-pointed focus on these Virtuous Objects in meditation, and when not in meditation I'd study and contemplate them.

I'd also cultivate as much concentration as I could and try to work my way through the 10 Levels of Calm Abiding to strengthen my ability to steer my mind away from Non-Virtuous Objects and set it on Virtuous Objects when not meditating and also to keep a strong, clear, and relaxed single-pointed focus on the feelings that arise from analysis of Virtuous Objects during meditation.

When my wife watches sources of Non-Virtuous Objects such as The Real Housewives, I'll steer my mind away from those objects and practice Tonglen or will read a Dharma book while sitting next to her or put on the headphones and listen to a book by His Holiness the Dalai Lama.

Over time, my mind would mix with Virtue and bring about great happiness in daily life while diminishing the afflictions of attachment, hatred, and ignorance caused by focusing on Non-Virtuous Objects in my mind stream. I'd particularly focus on 3 Antidotes to the 3 Poisons of attachment, hatred, and ignorance: Impermanence, Love, and Emptiness.

Shoshin

Comments

  • KeromeKerome Love, love is mystery The Continent Veteran

    I think I’d stick roughly to lines laid out by the Five Precepts, so I would try to keep my mind from forming attachments to killing, stealing, sexual misconduct, lying, intoxication or addiction.

    You wouldn’t want to be too strict, in order to try and stay within the real world and what is reasonable for lay people. For example I’d rule out a lot of video games, porn, and political shows, but not comedy films, most educational content, or New Age music.

    Plum Village has a modernised version of the Five Precepts on their website called the Five Mindfulness Trainings. That might be useful as a pointer.

    JaySon
  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    Your "Mind Diet"?

    Meditation....

    JaySonlobster
  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    Your "Mind Diet"?

    Ingredients:
    Nothing - to personal taste
    Three jewels - finely dusted
    Buddhas - assorted, whatever is in season
    Amrita - in solution
    Ahimsa - liberal amount

    Mix ingredients, cook until tender, enjoy with friends

    federicaJaySon
  • JaySonJaySon Florida Veteran

    @lobster said:

    Your "Mind Diet"?

    Ingredients:
    Nothing - to personal taste
    Three jewels - finely dusted
    Buddhas - assorted, whatever is in season
    Amrita - in solution
    Ahimsa - liberal amount

    Mix ingredients, cook until tender, enjoy with friends

    How about some sechuan sauce?

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