Wednesday, September 23, 2009

[OceanofDharma] Ocean of Dharma: Thoughts Are Not VIPs

Ocean of Dharma Quotes of the Week

September 23, 2009


Usually, if you have mental chatter, you call it your thoughts. But if you have deeply involved emotional chatter, you give it special prestige. You think those thoughts deserve the special privilege of being called emotion. Somehow, in the realm of actual mind, things don't work that way. Whatever arises is just thinking: thinking you're horny, thinking you're angry. As far as meditation practice is concerned, your thoughts are no longer regarded as VIPs, while you meditate. You think, you sit; you think, you sit; you think, you sit. You have thoughts, you have thoughts about thoughts. Let it happen that way. Call them thoughts.

From "Meditation: Touch and Go," in SMILE AT FEAR: AWAKENING THE TRUE HEART OF BRAVERY. Coming in October from Shambhala Publications.

"Chogyam Trungpa's vision of fearlessness as honesty, joyfulness, sadness, and openness is inspiring and particularly relevant to our historical moment."-- Norman Fischer

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