5 Steps to Quiet Your Mind
“Living with the Dalai Lama, surrounded by monks at Namgyal Monastery, and constantly encountering the most revered meditation masters in Tibetan Buddhism, one would assume that among my many admirable qualities I am an accomplished meditator.”
5 Steps to Quiet Your Mind; The Dalai Lama’s Cat
Often I find it difficult to quiet my mind when I meditate. You know what it is like. Your trying to quiet a hyperactive mind, filled with the things you need to get or of the things that will never happen to you. Noise, that just won’t seem to go away.
David Michie, author of The Power of Meow, the Dalai Lama’s Cat, suggests that we all suffer from mental fleas. The revelation that perhaps your mind is a bit out of control is a sobering discovery. It is at this point that most people will give up.
An Agitated Mind is a Normal Mind
If it is true that an agitated mind is normal, doesn’t my hyper-active mind affect my ability to meditate? You will discover in David’s article that an agitated mind is “so normal, in fact, that the first two of the nine stages of meditative concentration, a yardstick established for over 2,500 years, describes this as the typical experience of all beings when we begin meditating.”
The trick is to keep at it. The noise, confusion and random thoughts will over time be gone. Improving incrementally is what is important.
The revelation that our minds are completely out of control, and that we all suffer from mental fleas, is one of the most sobering discoveries we make when we begin to meditate. It’s also one of the main reasons so many people give up, believing that their hyper-active mind uniquely disqualifies them from the ability to meditate. But it is exactly because we’re so agitated that we stand to get so much from the practice of meditation – if only we would persist.
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