just watching

just watching

What you have to do, whatever the thought comes, just watch it. Do not fabricate, just watch. What do we mean by that? If an anger comes – watching it. As it comes. Again, here we have to be careful. Okay, so an anger comes. This is a little subtle, so listen carefully. An anger comes to you. Now that you have heard me saying, you just watch. So you watch. If you label as you watch, if you label “Ah, this is an anger”, you are beginning to grasp. Similarly, if there is a devotion arising in you mind, you just watch. But as soon as you are beginning to label it, then you are already grasping. So of course I don’t have to mention when the anger comes, if you think “Oh this is really bad, this is a negative thought, I have to get rid of it”, of course you are already grasping then. If a love and compassion comes and at that point you are so happy, you get so excited, you try to cultivate it, you try to remember it, you try to really look at it. Of course you are grasping already.
So what do you do? What is non-grasping? Whatever the thought comes, watching it, watching it, again and again. Many many examples. Like small children looking at paintings, wall paintings, you are supposed to look at it. Without any distinctions, without making any fabrication. Just watch. That, what does that do? That is slowly, slowly establishing the normality I was talking earlier. Because as soon as you grasp, then you are not letting it be. As soon as you grasp and you alter, you label, then you are poking it. As soon as you are poking it it will change. And then it will change its color, shape and all of that and when it changes its color and shape you will get attracted to it because it is a story, there is a story then. Then you get more and more entangled with the story and then – you know for the meditators, twenty minutes gone by, you are still in the story, forty minutes gone by, you are still in the story. For none meditators, for the ordinary people, not only twenty minutes they have been going, life time after life time, they finish one story, they go to another, with another story.

Parting from the four attachments, Nepal June 2009
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