EMPTYING THE MIND: Breath to breath; part 1

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Empire State Building, New York
Photograph by Joe McNally, National Geographic
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When you stop identifying with things as self, you don’t suddenly disappear.
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You don’t walk around feeling vague or lost.
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You actually feel more alive than ever, more focused and intelligent, though your intelligence isn’t based on knowledge acquired over time.
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Emptiness has the ability to know.
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When the mind is clear and empty, it is much more trustworthy in terms of what it sees and the actions that come out of that seeing.
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The teaching on not-self can also be examined in light of the mind, where we take a look at our old friends the kilesas: greed, hatred, and delusion.
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We might, for example, be sitting and notice that greed arises in the mind.
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The fact that it does is out of our control; it arises and departs when it wants.
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Typically, it propels us into action, often some foolish action, because we overestimate the object that we want.
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We thereby find ourselves suffering.
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But the reason our greed is so powerful is that we identify with it.
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