Step # 9, Mind – Day 1 All teachings that surround meditation have one clear purpose, which is getting to know the mind. Why? The Buddha would say that the source of our suffering is to be discovered within the mind. If we’re feeling stressed or worried, it originated in the mind. If we are overcome with grief, this suffering is a response to thoughtforms that originated in the mind. If we are in love or enraptured with joy, that experience, at least as it is registered and reported contextually, arose from the mind.
Getting to know the mind is perhaps the most reliable path to freedom. It will not change the ups and downs of life, those are inevitable, but it will produce the freedom to choose our responses to them. Exercising this freedom: to play a part in the thoughts we think, creates the path that leads to the world we’d like to live in. That’s freedom!
Mind Meditation: Mind – Day 1