Last night, I lay in bed and witnessed my mind going about this mad performance. Of clashing voices, yelling deadlines, stress that I wouldn't get everything done in time, worry, worry, worry. And then I remembered the teaching from Chokyi, the wonderful nun who teaches my new Foundation Program class. And the wisdom of Tibetan lojong mind training from the book Understanding the Mind. It advises that when we start to notice our mind doing this; when we become agitated and start feeling out of control and filled with worry – then at that very moment we need to avert the mind. We need to take it off this object of agitation, stop the inappropriate attention and turn the mind to virtue. Bring it back to the breath. Stop the cycle of thoughts. Generate compassion. And the storm disappears. Stress is gone.
We invent all of our problems. We give them shape and personalities and power. In reality, they are not there. And no matter how busy I become, I can abide in peace.
(Photo credit - "Never Let No One Man Worry Your Mind" sheet music cover, 1919, with photo of singer Marion Harris.)