An exercise to calm the mind
I promised to give you an exercise that will help you to calm the mind and develop attention. In the previous article and in addition I commented on the importance of attention and the role it plays in the power of the mind. But first I would like to consider some issues that are essentials in such a way you can get the most out of this exercise.
The air is the element that teaches you that you can feel without seeing. you cannot touch the force in your muscles, but it exists. The same goes for life. Our essence: The Being, the Life; It lies in the things that are not seen, on which you cannot philosophize or conceptualize, therefore you do not need to see life, to touch it, or to investigate it to know what it is. You do not have to use any of your senses to feel it because it is beyond them.
And just as you cannot get water from a deep well with a short rope, the mind is a very short rope to get the Being that is your true identity. Being is profound, has no form, has no identity, is Life itself. How will you feel Life with your mind? because the mind are concepts and with concepts you cannot taste life. Being is only accessed by the Being. Life is only accessed by life itself.
Then you can ask yourself: How to access the Being?
Well the attention comes to play its role here. The Being is accessed by giving full attention to the Being. When you do that, all the ancient wisdom indicates that it is as if you were left without a mind. And when this happens you begin to taste what it means to be alive. This may sound crazy to you; but the liberation of the mental prison is found precisely in that madness.
Do you know what poverty of spirit is? It is not a lack of something, it is ignorance. It is the non-understanding that you must pay more attention to what has no form, to what is outside the world of phenomena, you must attend to what you cannot feel, smell, hear, or see. In itself, spiritual poverty is the state of not knowing how to taste life because you are not giving it your full attention.
And we will expand this issue in future articles because now it is time to give you the promised exercise.
To calm your Mind
I'm going to present it to you in the form of a story about the life of the Bodhidharma monk. Bodhidharma was a monk of Hindu origin, the founder of what is now called Zen Buddhism. It is said that a monk came to see him and said: - "Lord, I have no peace of mind, please pacify my mind."
- "Bring your mind here in front of me," Bodhidharma replied, "and I will pacify you!"
- "But when I look for my own mind- said the monk- I cannot find it" -
- "That is," replied sententious Bodhidharma, I have pacified your mind! "
Please try to do this exercise: Close your eyes and put all your attention in looking at your mind and putting it in front of you as if you were observing it. Then try to do it with your open eyes. Do this exercise consistently and then you tell me the results.