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The Silent Mind

I often ask people, “What do you think about when you’re not thinking about anything,” when I am discussing meditation with them. The thing is, many people who meditate are not really meditating. They are not entering a space of the Silent Mind. They are simply attempting to force the thoughts from their mind and think about the thought of nothing.
 
Meditation is not an easy process. Though it has been laid down from time immemorial as an ideal state of mind, those few people, throughout the many centuries who have tried to meditate, have not found the process easy.
 
There are a million ways to meditate. Many of the Eastern Cultures have devised various methods of meditation, each reflecting factors that define their culture’s placement in the reality of the worldscape. The primary goal of mediation, however, by whatever method one uses, is to come to place of a Silent Mind. But, just what is the Silent Mind?
 
In Japanese, the term, “Mushin,” is used to define the state of, “Empty Mind.” In Zen, it is the entire goal of the understanding to reach a place of Mindful Nothingness. But, what does that that actually mean? Is the practitioner simply attempting to have nothing in their mind.
 
In life, many people, throughout the eons, have attempted to run from what it is in their mind. They have used various drugs and other methods to silence their racing mind. But, did it work? Did it cause them to become that better more refined individual? No. When the drug wore off, then what?
 
This is why ingesting external substances never ultimately works in attempting to find the Silent Mind.
 
Many people, as they get older, experience the disease that is now commonly referred to dementia. Dementia is a wide spanning disease with several overreaching symptoms. But, the most definitive one is that a person loses their definition of Self. They follow a progressive path of cognitive impairment until the person they become, remembers little, if anything, of whom and what they were. By the very definition of meditation and overreaching spiritual awareness, isn’t that the end goal?
 
I have known people who have succumb to dementia. One was only fifty-nine years old. Very Sad. When this disease attacks, the results, no matter how long they prolonged the life of the patient, leads to the individual’s demise in a state where they no longer recognize themselves.
 
The point being, when one seeks the Silent Mind, it is the process that they undertake to achieve that state of mind, that defines the reality of what the individual ultimately encounters.
 
Have you attempted to meditate? How successful were you in the process? Did you find your Silent Mind?
 
Do you meditate? If you do, how often are you able to encounter your Silent Mind?
 
The fact is, most of the world’s population, even if they may attempt meditation, do not follow this practice on a regular basis. Even if they do meditate for a time, they generally leave the technique behind as they are called into the world by more pressing and invigorating issues. How about you?
 
Here we arrive at the crux of this question. Do you want a Silent Mind? If so, why?
 
If you do desire a Silent Mind, why do you desire it? What to you hope to find?
 
All life is defined by desire. Even the various realms of spirituality are defined by desire. This, even though those walking that path attempt to run from it.
 
If you try to not think, all you are doing is thinking about not thinking. Is that the Silent Mind?
 
If all you can do is think about not thinking, how can you truly encounter The Silent Mind. If this is the case, what does seeking the Silent Mind actually equal?
 
Question, “What do you think about when you’re not thinking about anything?”