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"rampant thinking is your mind looking for peace ...
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Posted 2017-09-02 9:35 AM (#223555)
Subject: "rampant thinking is your mind looking for peace ...


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as these thoughts were (AGAIN) immediately helpful to quieting my mind today ... felt to share it to meet other/other's needs here ...peace IS with us (amen)

Q: How do you suggest we approach obsessive thoughts that consume us like fire twenty-four hours a day, like your initial obsession with the thought that you needed to attain enlightenment? Does freedom from those thoughts come only when we reach a point of such complete desperation and failure that the mind caves in and one drops through into truth?
Adya: Let’s start at the beginning. Obsessive thinking arises from fear, anxiety, and struggle. These are the drivers of excessive thinking. So in addition to the meditation practice, you may want to begin to contemplate what you are afraid of, what you are running away from, what you don’t want to deal with within yourself or your life. By contemplate I mean to identify exactly what fears are driving you. What assumptions are they based on? What are you running from? Also, rampant thinking is your mind looking for peace, as if, if you could just think enough and understand enough, your mind could be at peace. But the mind never thinks its way to a lasting peace. In fact, in the mind’s rush to find peace and security, it overlooks the peace that is already present within the presence of awareness. So contemplate what your mind is trying to run away from, and what it is looking for. And begin to show your mind that peace is available in the present. Literally bring your mind’s attention to the greater peace of awareness. And give your mind something to do in the form of following your breath. Just follow the breath whenever you can during the day, because it will calm your nervous system and give your mind something to do other than to obsessively think. Of course, thoughts may come, but anchor them in the breath. Be patient and kind to yourself. Very patient and very kind.
~ Adyashanti
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