4 Responses to Mind Goes Where It Wants to Go

  1. kimberly childs July 17, 2019 at 8:41 pm #

    Thank you Roger. Just listening I received a transmission. Hope your heart procedure goes easily. Blessings kimberly

    • Roger Hawkins July 18, 2019 at 9:50 am #

      Good to hear from you Kimberly, I hope all is well with you. and yes I also received a transmission from my teacher Lou Nordstrom on this issue.
      The meeting with the surgeon went well, and things aren’t as bad as I feared, at least for now. It’s 56% of the blood out of the aorta
      leaking back into my heart, from the whole heart it’s quite a bit less. There’s no need for surgery now, but I need to monitor the situation
      every 6 months and watch for sudden changes in fatigue level etc.

      Take good care!

  2. Debra July 18, 2019 at 8:45 am #

    Thanks so much for sharing, Rog. This is a critical topic in the distinction of Zazen and modern mindfulness “training of the mind,” in which the thinking impetus is typically noticed and rearranged by guiding it back to a chosen object of attention (i.e. the breath, body sensations, sounds, emotions, etc).

    So how to cultivate and sustain kind awareness that our thoughts are often marching us around uncontrollably…again. And how to do so without trying to ‘control’ the impetus with more thoughts? I’lll try out Dogen’s “Think: Not thinking” and see what happens.

    • Roger Hawkins July 18, 2019 at 9:34 am #

      Thanks Debra,
      I discussed this briefly with Lou last month, he said ‘people ask what do we do with thoughts? Nothing!’ he said emphatically.
      What helps me is just returning with utmost earnestness to noticing how we can still get sucked into thoughts of making
      the issue into a ‘how to’ problem. We can’t manufacture earnestness, it’s always already here in the arising and accepting
      the energy of big questions like ‘What am I? what is this? etc.

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