Friday, April 18, 2014

Thinking is Useful, but Not All The Time.

Thinking, of course, is useful. Contemplation is useful. Education, study, planning, compassionate regard, calculation, mathematics, design, creativity, the study of various disciplines, work-related thinking, all that is useful and wonderful.

But thinking in regards to grasping, rejecting, and worry is not useful thinking. A lot of our day is missed because we run useless dialogs instead of experiencing our lives in real time.

When we are thinking about what we would be doing if we weren't doing the thing we are doing right now, we are not aware.

When we are thinking about what happened before, instead of observing what is happening now, we are not aware.

When we are thinking about what we are doing, in regards to how it benefits us, wanting results, it is not Zen.

When we are thinking we are not observing.

Zen happens during quiet observation, quiet voice, and mind. The dialog gets in the way. Practice silent observation, and be aware of the useless dialog, and cut it off once more.

Meditate every day.