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Healing Meditation 2 | Mind is Also Changing

by Kestrel Slocombe
June 13, 2014
Fri, 06/13/2014 - 12:26 -- Kestrel Slocombe
Healing Meditation 2 | Mind is Also Changing
As we watch the changing nature of our experiences, we notice that the mind does not remain static when it becomes aware of the changes in conditioned things. We discover that the mind also
changes when it notices changes in other things. In other words, our awareness of impermanence is also impermanent.

To experience the mind’s changes experientially, follow the steps given in Healing Meditation 1 for meditating on the impermanence of the six sensory objects.

  • This time, focus not on the changes in the objects of perception, but on the changes in the mind that is perceiving these objects.
  • Notice clearly how often the mind alters its perceptual focus, switching instantaneously from external to internal objects. 
  • Notice that the mind, along with everything else that exists, is engaged in constant and unstoppable change.
When mindfulness and concentration are stable and work together as a team, we notice countless subtle changes taking place simultaneously in our mind and body. Deep mindfulness becomes aware of the slightest change and sheds light on this change. Strong concentration coupled with mindfulness focuses the mind so that we can see the workings of impermanence clearly.
Please see Bhante G’s new book Meditation on Perception for more detailed instructions on this meditation.

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