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~ For inspiration and contemplation:

“Just as the ocean has waves, and the sun has rays, so the mind’s own radiance is its thoughts and emotions. The ocean has waves, yet the ocean is not particularly disturbed by them. The waves are the very nature of the ocean. Waves will rise, but where do they go? Back into the ocean. And where do the waves come from? The ocean.

In the same manner, thoughts and emotions are the radiance and expression of the very nature of the mind. They rise from the mind, but where do they dissolve? Back into the mind. Whatever rises, do not see it as a particular problem. If you do not impulsively react, if you are only patient, it will once again settle into its essential nature.

When you have this understanding, then rising thoughts only enhance your practice. But when you do not understand what they intrinsically are—the radiance of the nature of your mind—then your thoughts become the seed of confusion. So have a spacious, open, and compassionate attitude toward your thoughts and emotions, because in fact your thoughts are your family, the family of your mind. Before them, as Dudjom Rinpoche used to say: “Be like an old wise man, watching a child play.”

from Glimpse After Glimpse by Sogyal Rinpoche


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  1. This is like beautiful poetry. How lovely! We must honor of thoughts and emotions and know that if we give them the space to be, we can understand them better.

  2. Jean Sampson

    A great reminder for the New Year! Thanks!

  3. Patience seems to be the key to so many of a life’s problems.

  4. Hi Sandra,

    This is a thought provoking post.

    Indeed the more we struggle against something, the greater the resistance will be. Yes there are times when our thoughts and emotions go through turmoil. But this is what being human is all about. It is hardly a cause for concern since this is the way things are, this is the way things happen naturally.

    As you rightly point out, if we do not struggle against it, the rising thoughts will become calm once more. Why is this so? It is simply because we cannot maintain extremes for long. It is not our natural state. If we are only patient, we will regain our calm and centred balance once more.

    Thank you for sharing this lovely post!

    Irving the Vizier

    • Irving,

      Very interesting thoughts you have shared. Succumbing to all the thoughts and emotions is the common way of operating for most of us, but if we can have a perspective, as you suggest, we can go beyond the risings and become fully human.

  5. Thanks Sandra – is the idea to allow our thoughts to be like the calmness of the ocean depths and not the waves on the shore?

    • That’s a good question We’re not trying to “make” our thoughts calm or attempting to create an artificial state of peace. But when we leave mind as it is, the thoughts tend to naturally settle on their own over time. There will still be risings in the mind, but we relate to them differently. Instead of following after them we let them be. So there is a greater sense of steadiness like the calmness of the ocean depths, but that doesn’t mean there is no movement of mind.

      Hope that helps a bit!

  6. miriam louisa

    Beautiful post dear Sandra – many thanks for sharing this perfect wisdom …
    ~ miriam louisa

  7. Hi Sandra,
    So much to love about this..the entire feel: the photo, the words, the essence–thank you for sharing such beauty!
    This: “If you do not impulsively react, if you are only patient, it will once again settle into its essential nature” is my area of opportunity…As one who tends to lead and participate, I am learning to be one who observes and allow everything to swirl around me..I think my long beach walks teach me this…nature has its course, unfolding perfectly and at the beginning and end of each day, all is calm and in order…
    I am learning the importance of nurturing the soil, planting the seed, then creating something else while those seeds germinate and blossom…

    • Hi Joy,

      I love how you have found your “area of opportunity” in this. This is the big opportunity area for me too. I’m seeing so clearly in my meditation how “difficult” emotions are preceded by a thought, sensation, or memory. When I can just let them be, they dissolve on their own. That’s a little easier said than done though, especially when the stormy ones come. It’s all practice! Your long walks on the beach seems like an ideal practice venue for you.

      Thanks for sharing your process with us. Love the idea of letting it all bloom!

  8. That is simply the best analogy depicting the thoughts of the mind I have ever heard. I find it challenging to try to convey to people that thoughts…even troubling ones…are all part of it and are not “good” or “bad.” I am going to use that one. Thank you for sharing it!

  9. Beautiful Sandra! Thank you for sharing this!

    p.s. LOVE, love, love your new site look (again). It seems whatever you pick is just so fresh, clean and imprinted with this amazing energy of wisdom and stillness.

    p.p.s Wishing you a wonderful new year – full of further growth, exploration, and adventures, amidst joy, stillness, love and peace!

  10. Thank you, Evita for all your good wishes and positive affirmation. I managed to stay with my last site “look” for quite some time. But it feels right to change now as I flow into a new year and new endeavors. May all your wishes come to fruition in the new year.

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