Hi <<First Name>>,
A reminder to join our Thursday Meditation and Chat tomorrow evening 7-8pm Pacific Time. Zoom info is included below.
Does your mind still race with waves of thoughts when you do your meditation? Mine sure does. Today I'd like to share an excerpt from Shunryu Suzuki's book Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind. Though he's talking about zazen (坐禪 / sitting meditation), the same method applies to standing meditation and life.
To give your sheep or cow a large, spacious meadow is the way to control him. So it is with people: first let them do what they want, and watch them. This is the best policy. To ignore them is not good; that is the worst policy. The second worst is trying to control them. The best one is to watch them, just to watch them, without trying to control them.
The same way works for you yourself as well. If you want to obtain perfect calmness in your zazen, you should not be bothered by the various images you find in your mind. Let them come, and let them go. Then they will be under control. But this policy is not so easy. It sounds easy, but it requires some special effort. How to make this kind of effort is the secret of practice. Suppose you are sitting under some extraordinary circumstances. If you try to calm your mind you will be unable to sit, and if you try not to be disturbed, your effort will not be the right effort. The only effort that will help you is to count your breathing, or to concentrate on your inhaling and exhaling. We say concentration, but to concentrate your mind on something is not the true purpose of Zen. The true purpose is to see things as they are, to observe things as they are, and to let everything go as it goes. This is to put everything under control in its widest sense.”
-- Shunryu Suzuki. Zen Mind, Beginner's Mind.