exercise is an improvement on the more well-known Empty Your
Mind Exercise: WARNING: The empty your mind exercise is often
used in various New Age groups but I don't recommend it. Any
exercise where we are told to empty our minds is not good
because the point of these kinds of exercises is to get us
to see we are not our mind by observing our mind long enough
so that we can begin to identify with the observer of the
mind rather than mind itself. The Empty Your Mind exercise,
instead of getting us to identify with the observer of the
mind, mistakenly gets us to identify with emptiness. Now if
we are suffering from a lot of garbage in our mind which is
torturing us, maybe emptiness provides temporary release,
but it does not lead to any kind of transcendental understanding.
Release from suffering is not the same thing as release of
suffering. If we must do this exercise, let's do it this way.
When told to empty our mind, we should empty ourselves of
our mind. That works!
quietly and imagine your mind as a huge garbage can full of
debris-thoughts, images, sounds, colors. Have a garbage truck
come by to pick up the can. Throw out the thoughts and images
into the truck one by one and when it is almost empty, toss
in the can. Now where can your thoughts reside with no mind?
When one comes along, just hang it over the clothesline far
away, and then let the wind come and blow it farther over
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