How to do Mindfulness of Mind Meditation

"Don't chase after the past, don't seek the future; the past is gone, the future hasn't come. But see clearly on the spot, the object which is now, while finding and living in a still, unmoving state of mind" - The Buddha

Mindfulness of mind meditation is one of the most challenging meditation and helps in achieving what the buddhists call the sky-like nature of our mind, Rigpa.

When we sit for meditation, thoughts will arise. For most of us, they will arise incessantly.

And by default they will either be connected to a future fantasy/expectation/plan or to a past event/joy/regret/(insert a feeling of your choice).

It is the nature of mind to be anywhere but in the present. It is this very nature that we need to tame by using mindfulness of mind meditation.

During meditation, when a thought pops us in your mind, identify it for what it is, a thought, and let it go.

Do not engage with it and never let it set you adrift. Stay focused on the purpose of your meditation - to mind your mind.

It may help to label the thought as 'thought about the future','thought about the past','pure speculation,' or 'fantasy.'

Gradually, you will start discovering spaces between the thoughts, which will grow larger with time. This is the thoughtless state that we need to cultivate.

With regular practice, one may experience the true nature of the mind - a vast expanse of eternal continuity, where thoughts arise and fall like bubbles forming on the surface of water.

You will come to the realization that our thoughts are not our mind, but only passing fragments of mental activity.

Just as the sky can't be tainted by the numerous phenomena occurring in it - fierce dark clouds, lightening, storms, rain, snow or hail, our true nature can't be stained by the myriad thoughts that arise every moment in our minds.

Like the great waves arising on the surface of the ocean that leave the ocean itself untouched, the storms raging on the surface of our lives have no significance at all to our true nature.

As your practice strengthens, a profoundly calming sense of space, peace and light will envelop you.

For maximum benefit, regularly practice this meditation with mindfulness of body and feelings meditations.

You will also want to incorporate one more meditation into your practice - mindfulness of phenomena meditation.

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