I deserve better.
I can’t stand that.
I wonder where she got the nerve to take my daughter out shopping?
Eastern teachers have lots to say about the mind. Shantideva, a really sloppy student in the good old days in India, confounded his classmates with an astounding commentary on mind and the mind’s enslavement to itself. Because he was a lazy young man who never showed up at class, the students were expecting him to shrink away humiliated rather than expound to all of the Nalanda University crowd.
Because I am in a playful time of life, the advice to “be a log” gives rise to others:
Be a leaf.
Be a flower bower.
Ouch. But is that painful—dropping the mind—or is that sweet? "Mind is the greatest hindrance. Mind = the conceptual splinter. A splinter to consciousness, causing so much agony in us for countless eons, indeed. Remove the splinter. Spirituality is unbelievably simple: drop the mind."
(Watch a video of Anam Thubten teaching, and smiling that radiant smile, here.)
Be a log.
Drop the mind.
Wear the boots on your head.
And doing so, the sacred gift of intutition automatically and naturally rules.