A senior student asked, “Holiness, I have been meditating my whole life and I can’t seem to stop my mind.”
The answer from His Holiness was not expected. It went something like this:
I am the Dalai Lama and I’ve been meditating my entire life and I can’t stop my mind either.
You see, my friend, you have to understand that it’s not about stopping the mind. Increase the depth of the water below the tumultuous mind—deepen the entire ocean so that the whole body of water doesn’t react to it.
Without spacing between your mind and the surface, all you experience is choppy water and chaos.
It’s about meditating so you don’t identify with your mind, your thoughts.
This little gap gives you a choice.
Your toddler throws a tantrum and you can breathe a moment and then step in staying calm.
Your impossible neighbor screams at you for where you parked your car. You don’t just react by screaming back. You know you aren’t your thoughts. You can let it go.
That takes some serious practice. If you don’t practice, you’ll get caught up—you’ll do and say some stupid stuff.
So what you get through meditation is choice.
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