Still re-reading “Turning The Mind Into An Ally” by Sakyong Mipham. I am so touched by his words. There is a strength in the concept of creating an alliance, especially when I am in need of softening. Frustration and Anxiety often appear as though they are in opposition to my mind (which usually leads to restless nights) and then I become hard and inflexible, which does not leave room to foster compassion or love. If I do not form an alliance with my mind, how can I form an alliance with the world around me? To most of you reading this – this is nothing new, I just appreciate his wording:
“. . . through peaceful abiding, we can create an alliance that allows us to actually use our mind, rather than be used by it. This is a practice anyone can do. Although it has its roots in Buddhism, it is a complement to any spiritual tradition.
If we want to undo our bewilderment and suffering and be of benefit to others and the planet, we’re going to have to be responsible for learning what our mind is and how it works, no matter what beliefs we hold. Once we see how our mind works, we see how our life works too. That changes us.
… the more we understand about ourselves and how the mind works, the more the mind can work “