the Mind Evade the Present Moment?
Is the mind
truly capable of operating in this present and real
deal moment of now?
mind is stuck in the forever gone and now unreal past:
Memory is at best
incomplete, one sided, and revisionist, since
is a process, which moulds thoughts of past events into
forms coloured by
preferences and biases conditioned by past education,
experience, and not
stellar sound reasoning. These are simply attachments serving the ego,
delusional self with what it wants to hear. Since
this memory requires mental much
processing, is any
on its conclusions not truly noticing the present moment,
processes these thoughts, feelings, emotions, perspectives, attitudes,
constructed/conditioned in the past. The moment any mental idea is
formulated by mind, time continues its flow leaving
the mind behind
stuck in the
Melancholia, and endless repetition of certain
emotionally laden memories are examples.
imagines the yet uncome, and equally unreal future:
Originating from the same mental processes, the motivation to make plans
indicative of an afflicted mind. It is a mind conditioned by
Mental and/or physical pain, suffering, stress, and
with feelings rising out of a constant dissatisfaction
with the present state,
something - often indefinable, yet indispensable - is
missing... which necessitates
a desperate need to protect this delusional
self against this ever frustrating now!
a mind is struggling to prevent, what it realizes as
death, and disappearance. Moment by moment. Life by life.
Such projection and
imagination of the future - near as distant - is
notoriously inaccurate, unreliable
and often wide of the mark of reality, and thus folly
Mindfulness of the present,
Meditation Reveals How our squishy Minds Operate:
Real-time personal observation of our own mind
operating in what remains to
best approximation of the present moment occurs during awareness
It reminds of sitting in the middle of a busy train terminal watching
come into, and disappear out of our view. There seems to be no mental
limit as to
direction, volume, or capacity in this often chaotic
flow of ever passing thoughts,
that all arise conditioned by mental contact with both
external and internal
past, present and future, all totally out of reach of our personal control
Being obsessively preoccupied with following after the
captivating content of this
mental flux of noisy conceptual abstractions,
continuously evades the real present..
This does not
mean that we are left helpless, as we can DELIBERATELY CHOOSE to:
attention to these mental phenomena, and the fact
that we thereby give
them importance and conditioned reinforcement
resulting in clinging attachment.
B. Or, passively observe, smiling in
equanimity, simply letting them pass away
into the same empty, yet
conditioned mental oblivion from which they arose.
C. Or the Final solution:
The Stilling of all Conceptual Thinking
Develop and train a mind, which is
totally devoid of the arising of thought,
where all mental processing has ceased. This is a mind free of
and attachment. When all mental processing has ceased, such a mind is
stilled in the present moment, because no reflection is required, as no mental,
or physical action is being actively processed, or even
It all boils down to a personal
choice to participate, or not to
these flickering, yet captivating labyrinths of
cacophonic mental processing.
When faced with such decisions
it is quite beneficial to follow Buddha's
his son as given in the Ambalatthika-rahulovada Sutta regarding
the crucial importance of observing,
practicing and training our minds:
"What do you think,
Rāhula: What is a mirror for?" "For
61: Ambalatthika-rahulovada Sutta:
Instructions to Rahula on the Mango Stone.
By our friend Ronald J. Chiodi, Concord USA.
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