Updated: May 7
Has it ever happened to you that you sat in meditation, thinking today I won't think a thought, and the next moment you came back to awareness, already minutes had passed, you were already gone for a long time?
Who is your biggest enemy? The mind. No one can harm you more than your own mind untamed. And who is your best friend? The mind. No one can help you more than your own mind, wisely trained. —Buddha
When we start digging deeper, we watch the monkey mind. Always rolling in the past or the future. The moment one thought has not even ended when another has already started.
It becomes an enemy of itself because it is lost and stuck in this maze of ignorance because Neither the past exists, Nor the Future.
It forgets to live in the present moment.
But can it be trained and tamed?
Either we train it to serve us, or, by worshiping it, we end up serving it.
When we become too devoted to the dictates of our rational mind, we live in ignorance of our higher, intuitive faculties.
Under the direction of our higher consciousness, our rational mind when trained helps us in accomplishing great things that benefit us and our world.
The mind makes an amazing servant but a poor master.
What do we mean by 'Mind' here?
Here we are talking about the Thinking Mind. Rene Descartes said, "I think, therefore I am"
No other phrase clearly defines the fall in the level of our consciousness as we totally became identifies with our thinking minds.
We lost our faculty to even see what lies beyond our thoughts and in today's world, most humans live that way.
We did not forget our true nature, but we even forgot what we forgot.
When we identify with being a separate identity, the egoic mind becomes our greatest enemy because at its core is the idea of separation from the whole or All. It lives in a state of despair as it seeks its wholeness but since it is inherently separate, there is no way for it to find it.
Thus, the mind wants one thing, when finding it, is still not fulfilled and then catches another to fill itself.
It wants to be back at its origin but it does not know how to do it. So it seeks outside of itself for this validation forgetting that inside is where the wholeness can be found.
It creates, labels, stories, opinions, right and wrongdoings, judgments, and anything which makes the ego bigger. It sees through its judgment and division and endless thinking. So, It has an answer for everything.
It tries to hold incessantly.
Either this or that.
It says I am better than this person or I am worse.
I am good, or I am bad.
And it lives through these ideas. Always in a state of insecurity. It not only judges itself, but it judges others as well,
They are better or they are worse.
They are good or bad.
Essentially, it is trapped in a hell of its own making. I do believe that when Jesus was speaking of the devil, he was referring to the egoic mind and that which identifies as something separate from the whole.
If you sit in the space where you can objectively what your thoughts, You'll see how far your madness has reached.
If you want to see the Truth of who you are, then you'll have to see beyond the mind.
Not by trying to get rid of it, but by not being controlled by it and just simply letting it come and go. When you don't give it enough power and when you don't identify it. It itself will lose its power to you and that's where you become the master of it.
You have to see through the mind so you can live in a space where you no longer cling to thoughts and take them so seriously. You reach a point where the mind has softened so much (through its seeing of itself) that it no longer has its hooks in and causes such suffering and misery. You are not the mind. But you must see that and meditation and self-inquiry are the way out of the enemy of the mind and back to the limitless wholeness and peace, which is Home. Drop the mind and feel the freedom underneath. Let go of thinking and you find peace.
One thing will become clear as you keep digging deeper that, it is all in the mind and we keep walking all around it in absence of our inner knowing and wisdom and so that is known as ignorance.
Aren't we all ignorant of the situation within us? Just that the degrees may differ.
All we can do is slowly keep on reducing this ignorance within us, not as an act of taking control, but with love and surrender.
The more ignorant we are, our mind is making the worst enemy in us.
More we reduce ignorance we keep making mind our friend.
Try to ask yourself,
Is my mind ruling my Life or
Am I in control of my mind?
The answer will not come with direct reference but when we keep working on ourselves, slowly things start becoming clearer and clearer as the mud in the pond settles.
We should know for improving we always have to get out of our comfort zone and thus need to identify and accept it first.
One step at a time. One moment at a time. One day at a time.
Now we have discussed this, so it's time to move further.
How can we be mindful of the mind within the mind?
Just as the river flows, our bodily sensations just are passing through consciousness, hundreds of emotions passing through us, there’s also a river of thoughts.
If you try to sit silently for a minute, Do you see what happens?
Does your mind become quiet and stay 'quiet'!?
Nope! It doesn't understand that command. So, you end up making giving it more food for thought when you are 'trying' to make it still.
Scientists say that we have an average of about 60,000 to 70,000 thoughts a day.
Do you think it is possible for us to control all of them? Don't even try.
As the heartbeats, If you have been able to observe your thoughts in your meditation, you must have seen,
The river of thoughts is not under your control. And these thoughts have very little authenticity. They can be literally anything, any story, any belief, or any question. Much of the river is composed of reruns. It's like when you are unable to sleep at night so you get us to work but you are not only getting the thoughts of sleep. It reruns of your last love affair, last sexual act, or of a conversation you had at work, or anxiety and shame about some