Any meditation training, essentially, is time spent getting to know the mind. This is done by first observing it and then becoming friends with it. An unruly mind leads to suffering, the Buddha suggested this 2,000 years ago and, today, science has proven it.
Dr. Daniel Siegel of the UCLA Mindfulness Awareness Research Center calls our capacity to observe and ‘get to know’ the mind, “mindsight” and he describes it this way:
“It is a powerful lens through which we can understand our inner lives with more clarity, integrate the brain, and enhance our relationships with others. Mindsight is a kind of focused attention that allows us to see the internal workings of our own minds. It helps us get ourselves off of the autopilot of ingrained behaviors and habitual responses. It lets us “name and tame” the emotions we are experiencing, rather than being overwhelmed by them.”
Those are wise words worth pondering this week as we move to Step 9 of The Practice of Living Awareness and look into the mind.
Downloadable Podcast: Introduction to Step 9 – Mind