You have 5 senses how many can you focus on completely at once? As an autistic, I have to willingly mute some senses; to be able to focus on the
executive ones, called for in a given situation. I learned this in my early 20's meditating, while sitting focusing on breath; the mind moves as soon
as your focus drifts. So how many senses can the average person focus completely on at once? None. If you can focus on one; eventually you will enter
The mind/heart sense gives rise to the plurality; of the other senses. You can practice turning the senses off and on...eventually you can shut the
mind/heart sense off, and just abide unmoved...but it takes a lot of practice, detaching oneself from the habit of distinctions. "I feel cold", well
can you feel cold; if you focus on the sensation of your shoulders from a shirt, and the sensation of your tongue resting in your mouth, can it also
be sensing the cold? No, you shift focus. The mind is where ever you place it, if you place it on discomfort or pain, you will sense discomfort and
pain. Most people do not direct their minds at all; unless required, usually it is a random torrent of thought and sensation; jumping around where
ever and on what ever it wants...
For people familiar with meditation; particularly, Buddhist Zen practice...this is what is meant by the old flag story as follows.
Two men were arguing about a flag flapping in the wind. "It's the wind that is really moving," stated the first one. "No, it is the flag that is
moving," contended the second. A Zen master, who happened to be walking by, overheard the debate and interrupted them. "Neither the flag nor the wind
is moving," he said, "It is MIND that moves."
How many people at the monastery that day; do you think did not even notice the flag at all? Out of sense's out of mind...
If a tree falls in the forest does it make a sound? It doesn't make a sound; yet what sense perceived it to fall? Was it from hearing a tree fall
before and recognizing the sound; leading to the conclusion one fell? Was it sight that perceived the tree falling? I was asked by a Zen master
once; the tree falling question; I immediately plugged both my ears and said "What?" He immediately keeled over off his mat laughing. Now if this were
the 14th century, I would have sat on his mat, but I have no more use in a Zen monastery, than a statue of the Buddha.
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