Excerpted from the 20210327 dharma talk.
One of the reasons we are discussing Mindfulness of the Mind today is because a friend mentioned a good question earlier, that is, what is the difference between Mindfulness of the Feeling and Mindfulness of the Mind? In simple terms, the steps of Mindfulness of the Feeling are, experiencing joy, experiencing happiness, understanding mental fabrication, and calming mental fabrication. The inner logic is to care about the joy and happiness that nourishes your body and mind, to care about the quality of that joy, to care about in what way you are enjoying and eating such a food. By adjusting the quality of that joy, by the actions of eating and enjoying these joys, you slowly help yourself to become less hungry, and slowly help yourself to rely more and more on the labor-saving, high-quality method of eating. This is how Mindfulness of the Feeling directs toward nirvana.
And what about Mindfulness of the Mind? In one way, it’s very much like you’re practicing the muscles of your mind. The muscle in our body holds a lot of memories, a lot of inertia. It’s like the facial expression. When we’re thinking, talking, we can feel a slight frown, because we’re exerting our mind. When you use your muscle of your mind, it will have a certain degree of traction on the muscles of the body. To some extent, the depth of the wrinkles you create, when you are frowning, reflects how hard you exert your mind. Not only the frown, but also the feeling of stress you often feel inside, that weight, that worry.
Look at that expression – worry: carrying the mind. What do you mean by worry? Worry is when the mind becomes weighty, so you have to carry it, you have to shoulder it. You begin to feel this pressure, to feel the dukkha, and why is that? That’s because the muscles of your mind are wrinkled into a certain pattern by you. It’s like when you frown, your face will feel tight and your face will suffer. In the same way, when you wrinkle up your mind, when you exert yourself in a certain way on the level of the mind, you create suffering, you create stress and burdens.This is the process of creating suffering.
So the logic of Mindfulness of the Mind is that by constantly removing the so-called hindrances, by removing those incorrect ways of using the muscles, your mind can become clear, wrinkle-free, unattached, and soothed. Gradually correcting the bad habit that creates suffering. Just that simple.
Translated with http://www.DeepL.com/Translator with amendments.