July 18th ~ The mind creates through experience, tradition, memory. Can the mind be free from storing up, though it is experiencing? You understand the difference? What is required is not the cultivation of memory but the freedom from the accumulative process of the mind.
You hurt me, which is an experience; and I store up that hurt; and that becomes my tradition; and from that tradition, I look at you, I react from that tradition. That is the everyday process of the my mind and your mind. Now, is it possible that, though you hurt me, the accumulative process does not take place? The two processes are entirely different.
If you say harsh words to me, it hurts me; but if that hurt is not given importance, it does not become the background from which I act; so it is possible that I meet you afresh. That is real education, in the deep sense of the word. Because, then, though I see the conditioning effects of experience, the mind is not conditioned.
December 21st, 2019 ~ Today, I attended my first Dialogue group in over 1 year, maybe almost 2 years. It was nice to see some old faces and new ones as well. The following Krishnamurti quote was read and it struck me: “The state of the mind which is really inquiring into the capacity of total perception is one of complete humility, complete stillness; and this very humility, this stillness, is that capacity itself. It is not something to be gained.” No separation between capacity and quality. I love that word capacity. We hit our limits toward the end of the day. The Dalai Lama says it is is harder for him to react with equanimity later on in the day as compared to in the morning. We have more capacity early on in the day. I could go on but I don’t want to.
Stillness is something that seems absolutely necessary to quiet the mind during meditation. Maybe it frees up energy.
Not giving importance to words of hurtful intention.
As in most posts on Zentrepreneurial.com, italicization of words refers to the words of either Jiddu Krishnamurti or Albert Low. The website writer’s words are in regular text.