A lot has been written about “monkey mind” in terms of trying to experience some slowing of the mental verbal-conceptual stream that accompanies our every day life. That the Average Buddhist is so rarely able to experience a gap in the stream, even given daily practice, is a testament to the power of habitual perception.
Another core Buddhist concept is questioning this concept that calls itself “I.” Who is this I of whom we speak? Meditation on this question for even a moment reveals the fundamental emptiness of I. There is no true unchangeable, fundamentally solid self.
The other night while meditating, it suddenly occurred to me how often this wordI surfaces in the stream of thoughts that are the ramblings of my monkey mind. Often, my mind strays to things I believe, things I might teach people, things I might create, then how I would explain those things. I think…I wonder…I know…
I, I, I…
Suddenly, I started hearing this in my head as the persistent barking of a seal. I, I, I…
So, I decided to check this out.
Can you hear them? I, I, I…
It seems then that I not only suffer from “monkey” mind, but “seal” mind as well. Perhaps some day there will be a whole menagerie roaming around in there.
Maybe I should start a missionary project to bring Buddhism to the wild seal population.
…or maybe just keep working on myself first…
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