'Tracy Diaries' Part 10
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I had woken at 0415hrs this morning only to desire sleep, convincing myself I was too ill and needed rest. This throat is still infected. Eventually got out of bed when it got light.
Cleaning seems to be a very good avoidance. Most of the morning this mind was intent on cleaning,the windows,the doors,the wall outside. It was 1000hrs when I decided it was enough, for today at least. I did wonder about the motivation for it. Avoidance was obvious, but the thought of making it more pleasurable for the next tenant came to mind, as a justification. I wasn’t sure, and felt I was avoiding something, so I had to stop the mind wanting to do it. Can’t let this mind get wayward!
So I washed the cushion covers instead. Avoidance! Surely meditation was more important!
- Biscuits and coffee
- A pilchard, noodles and mayonnaise
- More biscuits and coffee
- 1 banana 1 apple
I checked the emails, got one from Tim. He is well and safe, although he has a cold. He purchased some boots for his feet (he only had sandals on when he left here.)
I knocked at Dorjee’s door again. The note I left yesterday was still there. I should have dated it.
Went back to the apartment and read some more.
§ Constant unrelenting vigilance
§ Self scrutinising before doing , thinking or saying anything
§ Guard our minds like a broken arm through an unruly crowd
§ The slightest impulses to negativity should be greeted with total paralysis of the system, like a log!
§ The body - Must free the mind from an obsessive and enslaving preoccupation with it
§ To let ourselves off the hook with the excuse that the effort is beyond us, far from corresponding with the facts, is nothing but indolence and cowardice
§ There can be no progress in concentration without a severe reduction in ones involvement in worldly affairs
§ Inner motive and personal discipline that counts
§ Those who are like children
§ The mind is attracted to what , in fact, is a mirage
§ Transcended means get rid of ? Get over ?
§ Compassion (Mahayana) The suffering of others is as real to him as his own
§ Interchange ‘I’ for ‘others’
§ Suprarational means what