I really hope that Swami Ken doesn’t mind me sharing his weekly thought here on my blog. I took an initiation to meditation with him a couple of years back, and I really respect and admire him and I find his weekly messages to pretty well always be on point for me.
This week I really need to remember to control my mind and where I allow it to go. I’m determined to keep going along my spiritual path, and a big part of that is remembering to do the things which bring me peace, and to refrain from the ones which are self-destructive and or distracting.
Thank-you for your guidance, Swami Ken.
Conquest of the Mind
In meditation, by fixing your attention on the spot between your eyes, you will lose attraction to sense objects. It is by non-agitation that peace is intensified. The mind is nothing more than the concepts of “I am this” and “This is mine”. When these concepts fade away by simple focus on the spot between this and that, the mind vanishes.
Be free from the act of creating ideas. Do not let anything bother you. You must bring your mind under absolute control. With a supreme effort, let go of the characteristic objective awareness in your head. Attain the supreme state where you do not exist nor does another exist. Conquest of the mind is the number one priority in your life. The characteristic of the mind is restlessness (action). This restlessness creates this world illusion. Stop this restlessness and the mind will be FREE (liberation).
Find time thru the day for non-doing, not using such concepts — it will help purify the mind; then you will gain from all your experiences. In the non-arising of concepts lies perfection.
The concepts of “i” and “me” create duality. You will conquer the mind if you rest content in the Self, undistracted by concepts. When the mind stops the arising of concepts and percepts, then realization of the omnipresent God which is supreme peace arises.
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