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The only thing I have to share is my mind. In every interaction it is my mind that presents everything about me. My thoughts shape and steer the conversation, my thoughts generate my actions, my mind's mood colors my stance. It is my mind’s thoughts, moods, feeling tones that are what I present when I have an interchange. The quality of my mind reflects on the quality of these interchanges and conversations. More present focused mind, more present focused conversations. 

I love this about meditation and Lojong Practice, conversations become direct feedback mechanisms letting you know your abilities as taming the mind.  They show what is working and give clues as to what needs work.

Sound more fiddly than it is.

Hope you have an awesome day!

Credits — Sam Harris
Credits — The 59 Lojong Slogans - Atisha's mind-training techniques. Commentary by Judy Lief Tricycle Magazine 2010

This journal is meant as a reminder to encourage my future self. Where I work on my mental fitness and ‘adulting’. A reminder to him to operate in the world with love and compassion and some tips put together in a moment of clarity to help him when he is less clear and caught up in stuff the he can’t control.  Continue the conversation anytime: will@kestrelcreek.com.

The trio

There is no target for the trio of study, reflection, and meditation to destroy other than self-grasping.

Hope you have an awesome day!

This journal is meant as a reminder to encourage my future self. Where I work on my mental fitness and ‘adulting’. A reminder to him to operate in the world with love and compassion and some tips put together in a moment of clarity to help him when he is less clear and caught up in stuff the he can’t control.  Continue the conversation anytime: will@kestrelcreek.com.

Mental Fitness Training

Find the spaces between thoughts and feelings
and rest in them for a moment.

Image by  Will Simpson

Image by Will Simpson

Who am I training for? Personally I’m train myself to be what I hope is more touchable. More present, a fun and wise person. I’m of the type not to satisfied with what might be considered the common and usual default mode. This mode is not all that lovable. It is snappy and crabby if it feels threatened, not getting its way. My training resume includes mindfulness meditation, Lojong Practice, Zazen, journaling, synoptic reading and reflection. All this, and I consider myself a light weight, a beginner, an amateur.

Used to be that people generally accepted that people who trained in physical fitness are off their rockers. Someday soon I can only hope that people like me who train in mental fitness will be considered mainstream like my compatriots who train in physical fitness. 

Hope you have an awesome day!

Credits — Sam Harris

Credits — The 59 Lojong Slogans - Atisha's mind-training techniques. Commentary by Judy Lief Tricycle Magazine 2010

This journal is meant as a reminder to encourage my future self. Where I work on my mental fitness and ‘adulting’. A reminder to him to operate in the world with love and compassion and some tips put together in a moment of clarity to help him when he is less clear and caught up in stuff the he can’t control.  Continue the conversation anytime: will@kestrelcreek.com.

Training in the philosophy of mind

Image by  Will Simpson

Image by Will Simpson

Meditation is training in the philosophy of mind and it goes against social norms. I goes against our entrenched egos and our “deep-rooted habit of self-fixation.” It is easy to find excuses for not doing it and as you do it, the ego is constantly trying to distract you. The ego can grab on to mind training and turn the ego player into some special person because he is doing “the training” and others are not. This ego is sly and tenacious. 

To have any lasting effect mind training must be practiced and not just theorized. With practice, you being to see the claustrophobia of playing along with the ego and the moments of freedom from the egos automaticity, leave, if only for moments at first, relief, lightness, and even joy.

Feel what you feel, and feel it completely. Start where you are at. And start again. Keep starting as if for the first time. 

Hope you have an awesome day!

Credits — Sam Harris
Credits — The 59 Lojong Slogans - Atisha's mind-training techniques. Commentary by Judy Lief Tricycle Magazine 2010

This journal is meant as a reminder to encourage my future self. Where I work on my mental fitness and ‘adulting’. A reminder to him to operate in the world with love and compassion and some tips put together in a moment of clarity to help him when he is less clear and caught up in stuff the he can’t control.  Continue the conversation anytime: will@kestrelcreek.com.

Don’t vacillate

Enthusiasm develops with interest and interest develops through investigation.

Image by  Will Simpson

Image by Will Simpson

The whole project of life drives one to become more and more steady and confident. Vacillating is counter to this. Not that we won’t be faced with changes in our environment, in our goals. But let’s be bayesian about it and not wishy-washy, vacillating from enthusiasm to caution, from commitment to a laissez-faire attitude. 

This ties in nicely with yesterday’s all-in post.

Hope you have an awesome day!

Credits — The 59 Lojong Slogans - Atisha's mind-training techniques. Commentary by Judy Lief Tricycle Magazine 2010

This journal is meant as a reminder to encourage my future self. Where I work on my mental fitness and ‘adulting’. A reminder to him to operate in the world with love and compassion and some tips put together in a moment of clarity to help him when he is less clear and caught up in stuff the he can’t control.  Continue the conversation anytime: will@kestrelcreek.com.

Lojong Slogan 51

As part of my "Monk Mornings”,  a morning ritual of focus and reflection, I’ve been studying Tibetan Lojong Practice or Mind Training. This consists of 59 slogans and today I focused on number 51.

Image by  Will Simpson

Image by Will Simpson

“Practice the main points”

These main points are:

  1. Take on the attitude of benefiting others more than yourself. Start by noticing how many thoughts occur to you that are about your concerns and how many thoughts arise that are about others let alone about benefiting others.

  2. Practice is more important than study. Book learning only takes you so far. It is like learning to ride a bicycle. Training wheels help you learn balance but eventually you have to take them off to become fluent. Without the learning you’d never get of the ground but, keeping with the same metaphor, it is the practice of flying that gives life.

  3. Of all the practices you can do, Loving-Kindness is the most important. This is not an add-on but the richness of a life in relationship. To much focus on self-improvement can make you more self-centered. This is the antidote.

Hope you have an awesome day!

Credits — The 59 Lojong Slogans - Atisha's mind-training techniques. Commentary by Judy Lief Tricycle Magazine 2010

This journal is meant as a reminder to encourage my future self. Where I work on my mental fitness and ‘adulting’. A reminder to him to operate in the world with love and compassion and some tips put together in a moment of clarity to help him when he is less clear and caught up in stuff the he can’t control.  Continue the conversation anytime: will@kestrelcreek.com.