Emptying the Mind: part 3

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Night in Day
Photograph by Isabelle Bacher: National geographic
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That never works.
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The craving keeps returning until it is felt.
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The way of practice is to examine craving in the light of awareness.
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We’re learning the art of unconditional opening.
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It is in this openness that our practice—liberation through nonclinging—can flower.
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When you open to a mind state in that way and fully experience it, the identification with it—the tendency to make self out of it—is short-circuited.
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Identification with an object cannot coexist with real awareness of it.
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When you’re fully aware of a mind state—the same way you’re aware of the breathing—you’ll see that it’s just there.
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It doesn’t belong to anyone.
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So, to practice with the contemplation of not-self, you sit and breathe, with some amount of composure and clarity.
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You see the mind wanting, wanting, wanting, but you don’t identify with the wanting and create a self.
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You just see it, see that it lacks a core, and stop attaching to it.
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