An image often
used to describe the practice of meditative attention is that of
walking a tightrope. To succeed in this art you must necessarily
pay attention to your balance. This applies especially to how you
are relating to things - your attitude. The untrained mind is constantly
reaching out to pull at desirable objects or pushing away unpleasant
objects; this habit of 'pushing and pulling', liking/disliking,
is the cause of much stress, loss of energy and imbalance.
your balance is developing a mind that does not cling or reject,
like or dislike and is without attachment or condemnation. Being
attentive with compassionate equanimity towards your experience
will bring 'balance of mind', which is the Buddha's Middle Way.
of relating to the experience to help maintain balance:
noting impartially whatever you are experiencing while you are
experiencing it without evaluation or judgments.
than constantly seeking gratification of wishes and desires. For
a meditator, there needs to be at least some degree of giving
up or 'non-clinging' to create the space to see.
the censor - by an attitude of acceptance of all
thoughts, feelings, emotions and sensations into awareness without
is, impeccably registering physical and mental events without
posturing or positioning yourself to them.
is, being alert, sensitive and intimate with what is observed
from a place of relaxed receptivity.
this meditative way of relating to your experience, especially in
everyday life, the practice matures as wise attention with on-looking
equanimity. Not only does this brings equilibrium into your own
life, with great benefit to your relationships, but it will be naturally
expressed as a compassionate, caring outlook for all suffering existence