Tuesday, November 8, 2016

Zen and the Art of the Grasping Mind

Zen and the Art of the Grasping Mind

It is reported that George Bernard Shaw once said: “What am I going to do next?” 
Then he apparently replied to his own question, “Well, I'll just get some more.” 
And that was followed by a gifted insight. “There are two great disappointments in life: not getting what you want and then, getting what you want.”
The process of such unskillful desire is endless, because peace comes not from fulfilling your wants. It comes from the moment that dissatisfaction ends; when the need for wanting ceases. When this happens, there comes a moment of satisfaction, a moment of clarity. Not from the pleasure of gaining the want or wants, but from the peace that comes with the release from the obsession of wanting. Peace comes from stopping the grasping at imagined delights.
As you name the wanting mind and feel it carefully, notice what happens just after it ends, and notice what states then follow.  The issue of wanting and desire is a profound one.  You will see how often our desires are misplaced.  An obvious example is when we use food to replace the love we long for.  To explain this, one teacher, who works with eating disorders, wrote a book called Feeding the Hungry Heart (G Roth).  Through the practice of naming our demons, we can sense how much of our surface desire arises from some deeper wanting in our being, from an underlying loneliness or fear or emptiness.
“But This Is The Necessary Process Of Unmasking The Grasping Mind”

Neil Tubb
Into the Light

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