Day 9 of 30: (More About) Seeing More Clearly
Seeing more clearly is a foundation for cultivating greater noticing, choice, & freedom. What does that mean?
In addition to the flashlight analogy for attention, an analogy for your mind might be helpful too:
Imagine a snowglobe. When you shake it, the globe becomes a cloudy, opaque see of white. Its contents are inaccessible for viewing. When the snow settles the clarity of the glass container and the contents of the globe become readily-apparent. The stream of thoughts, sensations, and emotions are analogous to the snow being shaken up in the snowglobe of your mind when they grab your attention.
In a mind with less developed skills of concentration, a snowflake of a thought or feeling stirs up other snowflakes until the snowglobe is in a regular state of “being shaken” – rapid activation from one thought or sensation to other ones.
With greater control over your attention, the snowglobe of your mind settles revealing greater clarity to the “scene” of your current experience. The thoughts, sensations and emotions appear as single snowflakes passing through the globe and settling.
You choose where to place your attention in the scene or whether or not to give focus & energy to a particular snowflake.
Every day is different. Each day, the snowglobe of your mind has a different resting state of how settled it is.
How is the snowglobe of your mind right now? Are you noticing a baseline of greater settling & clarity as you continue investing in your concentration practice?
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See you tomorrow!
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