Master Charles Cannon
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Accepted AnswerSupportThomas SechakOfflineSince returning from the autumn still pointe retreat I have been enjoying a clear mind. During this week I had a couple of interesting opportunities to practise.
The first occurred on a train trip to Melbourne. I chose a so-called ' quiet carriage', but there was a young woman with the loudest, harshest voice and a laugh to match. It continued for the entire journey 90 minutes.
At first I was irritated, but then I focused on my breath and by the time I reached my destination I was infused with gratitude. How wonderful that I don't live with you I thought as I doubled up with laughter on the inside.
Today I took myself out for breakfast. The cafe was very crowded and I was almost sitting on top of four people who continuously gossiped and criticised their 'friends'. I created an affirmation for myself which brought me to stillness, using the noise as a focus. Now I sit at my desk with NOW playing in the background. Ahhh! The bliss of a still mind.
Accepted AnswerVeroniqueOfflineThe clear mind is unweavering in regards to circumstances and events. While one may have to take action in the external world, one is not ruffled by them and keeps it's inner equanimity, always in touch with it's source. The clear mind simultaneously has one eye looking on the outside and the other on the inside so to speak. With proper training, we learn to treat our thoughts and emotions in a way which identifies with the blissful self rather than be mistreated by them because of wrong identification. With grace, we effortlessly identify with the deep joy within and then yearn for it as we recognise this as our true nature. Hence starts the dance of grace and effort with a view to cultivating a clear mind and over time solidifying ourselves in that state until it becomes permanent and therefore no longer a state. A clear mind is a clear heart and vice versa.