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Hard to fudge

There is no direct benefit to be derived from observing the mind. Can we learn honesty from a thief, fidelity from a philanderer or detachment from a sports fan?

The benefit of observing the mind is indirect. To observe the mind, we move out of the mind. Therein lies the benefit.

The spiritual traditions aren’t big on self-improvement. (Outside of the mind, there is nothing to improve.) What they do talk about is self-obliteration, e.g., “Unless you die to the self, you cannot enter the peaceful place.”

“Die” is one of those hard-to-fudge words.

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.