I am borrowing today’s post from a mindfulness blog that I have found and love. I think that I will need to use this post and re-read several times to let it sink in. It seems the essence of meditation.
How to quieten down the mind
Posted on January 18, 2011 by Karl Duffy
Sit where it is quiet and close your eyes: the natural inclination to make contact will bring up mental images characterized by feelings. These will most likely be taken as aspects of yourself and you’ll find various reactions occurring and you will get busy, sitting still. However, the practice of sitting quietly with your eyes closed in meditation is useful in that, with steady attention, you can realize that all of this mental stuff is something that can be watched, and that it is therefore a series of objects – not the subject, the self. You only experience contact because of feelings and perceiving something. And since what is felt or perceived must always be an object, how can you ever contact a true subject, or self? This understanding in itself takes some of the drama out of the show, and the mind stops feeding on contact, it steps back into balance and quiets down.
Ajahn Sucitto, Turning the Wheel of Truth