Category: mind

Do not encumber your mind with useless thought…

Do not encumber your mind with useless thoughts. What good does it do to brood on the past or anticipate the future? Remain in the simplicity of the present moment.

In the gap between thoughts nonconceptual wisd…

In the gap between thoughts
nonconceptual wisdom shines continuously.

It is our mind, and that alone, that chains us…

It is our mind, and that alone, that chains us or sets us free.

Those who have little interest in spirituality…

Those who have little interest in spirituality shouldn’t think that human inner values don’t apply to you. The inner peace of an alert and calm mind are the source of real happiness and good health. Our human intelligence tells us which of our emotions are positive and helpful and which are damaging and to be restrained or avoided.

By means of meditation we can teach our minds …

By means of meditation we can teach our minds to be calm and balanced; within this calmness is a richness and a potential, an inner knowledge which can render our lives boundlessly satisfying and meaningful. While the mind may be what traps us in unhealthy patterns of stress and imbalance, it is also the mind which can free us. Through meditation, we can tap the healing qualities of mind.

Why chase after thoughts, which are superficia…

Why chase after thoughts, which are superficial ripples of present awareness? Rather look directly into the naked, empty nature of thoughts; then there is no duality, no observer, and nothing observed. Simply rest in this transparent, nondual present awareness. Make yourself at home in the natural state of pure presence, just being, not doing anything in particular.

When a rainbow appears vividly in the sky, you…

When a rainbow appears vividly in the sky, you can see its beautiful colors, yet you could not wear as clothing or put it on as an ornament. It arises through the conjunction of various factors, but there is nothing about it that can be grasped. Likewise, thoughts that arise in the mind have no tangible existence or intrinsic solidity. There is no logical reason why thoughts, which have no substance, should have so much power over you, nor is there any reason why you should become their slave.

Is there an observer watching loneliness?

My
mind observes loneliness, and avoids it, runs away from it. But if I do
not run away from it, is there a division, is there a separation, is
there an observer watching loneliness? Or, is there only a state of
loneliness, my mind itself being empty, lonely? Not that there is an
observer who knows that there is loneliness. I think this is important
to grasp, swiftly, not verbalizing too much. We say now “I am envious,
and I want to get rid of envy,” so there is an observer and the
observed; the observer wishes to get rid of that which he observes. But
is the observer not the same as the observed? It is the mind itself that
has created the envy, and so the mind cannot do anything about envy.
So, my mind observes loneliness; the thinker is aware that he is lonely
But by remaining with it, being fully in contact, which is, not to run
away from it, not to translate and all the rest of it, then, is there a
difference between the observer and the observed? Or is there only one
state, which is, the mind itself is lonely, empty? Not that the mind
observes itself as being empty, but mind itself is empty. Then, can the
mind, being aware that it itself is empty, and that whatever its
endeavor, any movement away from that emptiness is merely an escape, a
dependence, can the mind put away all dependence and be what it is,
completely empty, completely lonely? And if it is in that state, is
there not freedom from all dependence, from all attachment?

– Jiddu Krishanmurti – The Book of Life

The way to happiness is: keep your heart free …

The way to happiness is: keep your heart free from hate, your mind from worry. Live simply, give much. Fill your life with love. Do as you would be done by.

When we bear witness, when we become the situa…

When we bear witness, when we become the situation – homelessness, poverty, illness, violence, death – the right action arises by itself. We don’t have to worry about what to do. We don’t have to figure out solutions ahead of time. Peacemaking is the functioning of bearing witness. Once we listen with our entire body and mind, loving action arises.