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Let me share a couple of paragraphs from "Turning Confusion into Clarity" by Yongey Mingyur Rinpoche.
I share this reading with all my meditating friends, as we all share the same addiction...
Most of us have experienced being driven crazy by our thoughts. "If only I could stop thinking about that person. That incident. That fight with
my boss, with my partner..." Endless thoughts, even when they lead to no benefit, just circling around like bees in a jar. Once these thoughts are
identified as the problem, we want to get rid of them.
Thoughts can be a great ally to meditation, but we tend to make them our ememies. We think that during mediatation, anything is better than having
thoughts. "All day long I am thinking, thinking. But in meditation I can hang out in the deep, pure, thoughtless void. Bliss. Nothingness. Pure.
Peaceful. How wonderful." Then what happens? Our mind spins as much during meditation a at other times. At that point, instead of realizing our
hopes of bliss and peace, we start a little war with our thoughts: "Bad thoughts! Go away!"
Many strategies exist to annihilte thoughts, such a drinking alcohol, using drugs, overeating, needless shopping, or surfing the internet - activities
that narrow the mind through addiction and compulsion. Nowdays many people have the idea that mediatation offers n effective, sane way to get rid of
unwnted thoughts. Many people think that the goal of paying attention to a flower, for example, is to suppress or push away thoughts. This might
work for a few seconds, but when we release our tight focus on the object, the thoughts flodd right back into our mind. There is no lasting or
Meditation does offer a sane way to work with our mind. But we do not mediatate to get rid of thoughts. this is the number one misunderstanding.
Thinking, like breathing is a natural activity. Trying to impose n arifiial blankness is the exact opposite of how we work with the natural clarity
I also adivse to beginners investing in an EMWAVE and working with that for six months to a year. I still use mine when I'm particularly spun.