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Lions Roar : January 2010
SHAMBHALA SUN jANUAry 2010 21 and we shouldn’t try to get rid of them all. if we approach meditation too tightly, try- ing to be one-pointed at all times, we ex- pend so much effort that we immediately rebound into even more discursiveness. instead, we practice watching the mind and seeing how it goes everywhere. it’s scattered and can’t settle or be happy with just one thought; it continuously brings things in. of course, there will always be a certain amount of discursiveness. you can actually have a pretty good medita- tion session, say, for half an hour, having dribbles of discursive thought but never really losing the object of meditation. one aspect of knowing where we are is that we can keep our expectations rea- sonable. if we say, “i’ve had a busy day. i’m totally wild, but now i’m going to sit down and stay right on the breath,” it’s not going to happen. instead, we use our intelligence: “if i can simply feel the envi- ronment of the room and have a sense of my breath for half an hour, that will be a step forward.” later, when we are a little calmer, we might think, “now i can be a little more focused on my breath.” The next level of thought we encounter is very subtle. These subtle thoughts are not fantasies that are taking us out to the newest restaurant or planning our next workout; they aren’t discursive thoughts creating mental buzz; they are just bubbly little thoughts. The mind percolates; that’s just the way mind is. but after we’ve prac- ticed shamatha for a while, we might reach the stage where our mind is so stabilized in its own peace that these little thoughts dissolve like snowflakes in the sun. my idea of success in meditation is longevity and consistency. we can medi- tate for a day and have a completely one- pointed experience, but that doesn’t mean that we’ve tamed our mind. The way we stick with meditation is to understand who we are, what we’re doing, and why we’re doing it. The mind is a wondrous thing. happy and sad, all our feelings come forth from this mind. and as we feel all those things, we should try to relax. when we relax, we can feel our inherent purity, which gives us strength, love, and compassion. ♦ When you need support during difficult times, help is within reach. Sandra Scales, Ph.D., has been providing confidential and convenient telephone consultations for more than 20 years. She is instrumental in unraveling difficult issues and bringing about meaningful change. Her approach combines Buddhist and Western psychology and offers practical solutions. call 831.661.0321 to schedule a consultation Sandra Scales, Ph.D. Author of Sacred Voices of the Nyingma Masters www.sandrascales.com Is Anyone Listening? WATCH ALL THE FM TRAILERS ONLINE THE MASTERFUL PROFILE OF THE 16th GYALWA KARMAPA www.festivalmedia.org “Compelling... an important lasting monument.” –HOLLYWOOD REPORTER With rare footage of Dilgo Khyentse Rinpoche, Chogyam Trungpa Rinpoche, Kalu Rinpoche, Tai Situ Rinpoche, Shamar Rinpoche, Jamgon Kongtrul Rinpoche, Gyaltsap Rinpoche, as well as the Black Crown ceremony. Direct-to-digital transfer from 16mm film master.