Posted by Ben Naga
THESE FURROWED BROWS
You can spot thinkers
But what preoccupies them
Is it of value?
Posted on June 20, 2017, in Senryu and tagged Anxiety, Concern, Thought, Value, Worry. Bookmark the permalink. 13 Comments.
Well.. that is a good point Ben… 🙂 All depends upon the thoughts! 🙂
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My point, exactly, Sue. (Although from another POV of course each and any thought simply separates us from the Essence; what Buddhists call the Nature of Mind; what Taoists call Tao.)
Yes, and love the way of the Taoists, and the Buddhists Eight Fold Path.. 🙂
May our thoughts become attuned to being Mindful.. 🙂
May they. 🙂
Love this Ben!♡♡
Happy to ring a bell for you. 🙂 especially when it drew me back to our encounter among the comments back at https://bennaga.wordpress.com/2014/08/10/the-bells/
All is one; one is all.
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Probably to the thinker it is, until such a time as he/she decides it isn’t. Time tells….
But sometimes it takes its time. 🙂
Anyone who thinks find their thoughts valuable but it may not necessarily be valuable to those around them.
It is only a matter a perspective.
Another great one from your side ….and here Iam still thinking XD
If we observe closely we notice that thoughts arise constantly and are not “ours” until we generate one in reaction which often sparks off a whole series and all peace of mind is lost until we make a conscious effort to pause and allow an open space. Then of course fresh thoughts begin arising once again …
Well so the saying that an idle mind is the mind of the devil is true after all XD
Not in my opinion. It was used (probably still is) to control people. Distractions prevent folk from recognising their oppression. Taoism has a very different view on an “idle” mind:
Tao Te Ching Chapter 3
(trans. J H McDonald)
If you overly esteem talented individuals,
people will become overly competitive.
If you overvalue possessions,
people will begin to steal.
Do not display your treasures
or people will become envious.
The Master leads by
emptying people’s minds;
filling their bellies,
weakening their ambitions,
and making them become strong.
Preferring simplicity and freedom from desires,
avoiding the pitfalls of knowledge and wrong action.
For those who practice not-doing,
everything will fall into place.
But then of course this too can be misinterpreted and twisted so so as to support control rather than freedom, just as education can be – and very often is – not true education but rather schooling.
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“You should stop words and letters, and learn to withdraw and reflect on yourself. When you do so, your body and mind will naturally fall away, and your original Buddha nature will appear.” – Dogen.