Breath to Breath: the wandering mind!

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Alfred Sisley (England / France, 1839-1899)
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“But seeing that the mind has wandered is practice.
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If you continue for years, you’ll have to come back, who knows, millions of times.
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So learning to come back gracefully is extremely important.
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Make it a dance, not a wrestling match.
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Another aspect of the practice—and this is somewhat beyond the contemplation we’re dealing with, though some of it is bound to happen even when you’re just looking at the breath—is that we begin to see the nature of the bones we keep chasing.
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The core of the practice, once we’ve developed some concentration, will be to look at these bones.
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Certain things come up again and again.
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“He said, then she said, then I said, then we . . .” Or, “If that works out I might . . . , but on the other hand I could . . .”
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It’s rather obvious, from the fact that these things keep coming up, that your obsessive thinking doesn’t resolve them.
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They also don’t usually involve the highest priorities of life.
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Maybe, when you see that, you won’t chase after them quite so much.
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You’ll see how futile it all is.
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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Jennifer on December 31, 2015 at 3:58 pm

    Yes, like a dance, not like a wrestling match. A rhythm, breath slow and smooth.

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