If you want to understand your mind, just sit down and observe it.
So says Joseph Goldstein, recounting the first piece of meditation advice, and the life lesson he traveled thousands of miles from home to hear, some 40 + years ago.
It’s amazing what happens when we observe our mind.
You actually don’t need to sit.
You don’t need the perfect posture.
You don’t need a quiet room or a fancy app.
You don’t need to believe anything.
And you don’t need much more than you’ve already got.
Watching my own mind is a lot like punching jello.
Thoughts bubble up and bob on the surface.
I try to push them down.
Or push them away.
And yet, there is no place solid to stand.
So I am stuck.
Watching. Wondering. And waiting.
And then it begins again.