#5: Exploring the Mind in Real Time
Omnipresent attention to your mind
Meditation trains attention to the flow of my thoughts. The ultimate power of meditation is in extrapolating the practice into the rest of my day. How can I learn to ask myself the questions that Sam Harris in Waking Up asks? How can I learn to reframe my mind at the moment, not retroactively when I am posed to recall a negative emotion? How do I not just meditate but become meditative for the entire day?
I felt great today until I suddenly felt sad. It was tempting to take it as it was: “Can’t be happy all the time”. But I asked myself to stop and to think about what caused it. I thought back to two small events that challenged me emotionally. Although it didn’t immediately make me feel happier, seeing through my thoughts gave me a sense of tremendous power. Awareness is omnipresent attentiveness to my mind: it’s not letting things slip by and bringing everything into the light of my recognition.