• five verses on training the mind

    by  • June 26, 2008 • Personal • 2 Comments

    I gave ten years
    to sharpening the axe
    and weaving the noose

    I learned to wait with patience
    while the cogs of life
    spun to my desired settings

    You must treat the mind
    as a body to be cultured
    before climbing into space

    the delicate coordination
    of extraordinary
    and mundane

    is the key
    to opening
    life as heaven


    I don’t write much about meditation. I should. It’s foundational. For people who think for a living it’s probably the single greatest investment that can be made in career, in productivity, in serenity, and most especially, in effectiveness.

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    Vinay Gupta is a consultant on disaster relief and risk management.


    2 Responses to five verses on training the mind

    1. Samarpan
      June 26, 2008 at 11:59 pm

      Agreed 100% about meditation. There seem to be hundreds of techniques but they mostly boil down to two different schools: concentrative and expansive techniques.

      Concentrative techniques focus the mind (on breathing, on a candle flame, on a mantra, etc.) and block out everything else except the object of meditation.

      Expansive techniques say: “Bring it on!” and one is simply trying to become aware of everything happening in both the internal and external environments, in physical sensations, emotions, thoughts, etc. but simply observing as a witness without becoming involved. It is a state of no-mind, a state beyond mind, a state which is characterized by being relaxed, aware, and completely non-judgemental.

      Expansive technique allows for meditation practice in any setting, mountaintop or marketplace. Dog barking, it becomes part of the meditation. Car horns honking, it becomes part of the meditation. Simply being aware, expanding consciousness, alert, relaxed, non-judgemental. Simply… being…. Such joy! Such a blessing!

      Ahhhh…. THIS!

      Tat Tvam Asi

    2. Patri Friedman
      June 29, 2008 at 6:18 pm

      I’ve just been getting into meditation in the last year or so. Do you have any recommendations on good learning methods? I’m taking an Art Of Living class next month.

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