October 14, 2007 Stop reacting and being controlled by my reactions.
Today I am listening to my words of wisdom from last year but for different reasons. Today I will focus on detaching from all the useless chatter in my brain. In yoga I have found two terms for the restlessness of the ordinary mind, Monkey mind and or Puppy Mind.
Stephen Cope writes about.. "tie the puppy to the post."
When the puppy is tied to the post, he may at first object, and pull against the restraint.
But eventually he will calm down, quiet, and settle. And so, too, the mind. Initially
the mind wanders, adopting its characteristic discursive quality, but eventually it settles
into the object.
When we focus or tie our mind to a mantra, a repeated ritual or the breath, the mind will eventually calm down, quiet, and settle.