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Right now

The unsupervised mind has two preoccupations: past and future. When we think about the past, the memory function is activated. We become gooey and unhappy. When we think about the future, the anticipation function is activated. We become meth-like and reactive. When the mind develops a certain ambidexterity of dysfunction—oh, man, what a mess.

Witness this. It’s mind abuse. Come home.

Stick him with a pin

The notion of a “quiet mind” is actually a bit of fantasy. There is no such thing. The mind is a mess of seething snakes incited instantly to dry-throat riot by lost keys, idiot bosses and pretty girls in pencil dresses.

We do not control the mind. (There’s a rookie mistake!) We step out of it.

Obedience training

Watch closely as a man trains his dog. All of his attention flows into the dog. Soon enough, the dog is beautifully, wonderfully trained. He orbits his master.

A well-trained mind functions exactly like that. At night, it sleeps quietly by the bed. It declines, during the day, to chase after squirrels. It looks straight ahead.

A man is the net result of the attention he gives to his mind. Attention is the zafu on which mindfulness sits. We need the mindfulness movement. Today it is perhaps the case that more men give more attention to their cellphones than they give to themselves.

Pornography is a big issue for men. But really, it’s a symptom. The problem is an untrained mind. Minds become befouled and confused by an absence of attention. Where attention is, purity also is.

Attention does not work tomorrow. It works now. Let your breath carry you into the purity of the one pathless moment.