Most of us think that the cause of our suffering is outside of ourselves – our partners, our children, the government, the weather and so on but, if we learn to watch our minds very carefully, we begin to see the reality that it is, in fact, our minds that are the cause of most of, if not all, our suffering. Our minds habitually want what we don’t have and don’t want what we do have. This happens thousands of times a day. On a bad day, you get up in the morning and you’re not
One of the most common images in spiritual teaching is that of an open empty sky. It represents an awake, open mind through which thoughts, emotions and sense perceptions pass like clouds on a gentle breeze. This is a beautiful image. Imagine yourself on a long holiday, deeply relaxed but wide awake, lying comfortably on the grass gazing up into an endless blue sky. A cloud may appear but it simply comes and goes.
Of course, we all know this experience of being deeply relax