“This is the aim of Buddhist meditation practices. In meditation, you are supposed to closely observe your mind and body, witness the ceaseless arising and passing of all your feelings, and realise how pointless it is to pursue them. When the pursuit stops, the mind becomes very relaxed, clear and satisfied. All kinds of feelings go on arising and passing – joy, anger, boredom, lust – but once you stop craving particular feelings, you can just accept them for what they are. You live in the present moment instead of fantasising about what might have been. The resulting serenity is so profound that those who spend their lives in the frenzied pursuit of pleasant feelings can hardly imagine it.” – Yuval Noah Harari
Thai Buddha Meditation Day 11.
There was once a dragon who couldn’t get it up.
No matter how hard he tried his fire would not rise up out of his stomach, out of his mouth and burn the wicked people and liberate the good ones.
He decided to seek some help.
He wandered across endless planes and he even swam across tormented oceans. He was looking for the teacher he had heard of, who knew all about the science of getting it up.
He met some young lady dragons along the way but inevitably once they learned he could not get it up, they were swiftly on their way. [more to come]
“The gesture of focusing one’s eyes on space.”