Before you begin this lesson:
What do you think of when you read the
and suffering in
a lesson entitled “Starting where
you are?” Do these words apply to
you, as you are now? How?
Consider each word. Is your mind bewildered?
How? Do you experience suffering? Do you
think of suffering as only something associated
with pain or loss? Translate suffering
as “dis-ease"— now how
do you experience suffering in your life?
Return to the question we began the course
with: Why are you learning to tame your
mind? How is your mind untamed?
When we begin to look at
our mind in meditation, we discover qualities of our
untrained mind that we have not paid much attention
to. We begin to see that our mind is very fragile.
Rather than being pliable and malleable, it’s
stiff and inflexible. We are not able to accommodate
Our mind is really not very mature. When difficulty
arises, we experience the weakness and inflexibility
of our mind — how quickly we get angry or upset.
At times our untrained mind is very light and easily
distracted very—it drifts and is unable to
focus. At other times our mind is very heavy.