The mind never ‘stops’…We have all the same sensations even while sleeping and while dreaming – we hear, we touch, we see, we feel, we smell…sometimes the sensations are even stronger while dreaming.
We need to train the mind so that we can learn to have more peace and clarity in our lives.
When we wake up in the morning all exhausted, despite having slept, it is because our minds have been so agitated during our sleep.
There are 3 basic ways of training the mind in Buddhist cultivation:
1. Hearing / reading /studying
2. Contemplating (least understood and least practiced)
3. Meditating (resting the attention, after settling the body, breath & mind)
Our objective is what the great teacher Vasubandhu called creating a
“Revolution at the Base” .
To be able to do that, we need to replace the karmic tendencies (formations) that make us react in ways we don’t often wish to…
There are 4 steps to contemplation:
1. Pick a teaching, then ask yourself what this teaching really means to you?
2. Apply the teaching to an event in your past, and contemplate how things would be different had you put this teaching into practice ‘then’…
3. Ask yourself how this teaching can inform your action in the present?
4. Pick something that will happen in the near future (like meeting a co-worker that is challenging at work for example), and see how this teaching can help you deal with this person differently?
Love & Light!