When we meditate, what do we do with our mind? We bring our mind to a state of alert quietude. This change from an active and restless mind to one that is peaceful and concentrated is easier said than done. Be assured that this is a challenge for everyone who takes up meditation. So to help us meet this challenge, let us try to understand why this condition of alert tranquillity is important and worth cultivating.
The first point is that a new understanding—something more than intellectual—unfolds within us when the mind is made still. This does not mean being mentally blank. The stillness we refer to is a special one. It has to be in the right context. Its motivation is a search—a thirst for deeper truth.
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