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Day 12
Our intentions help us transition with awareness

Spirit Rock Meditation Center Retreat, April 25-May 9, 2015

Translation from Burmese by Ma Thet and transcription and editing by Douglas McGill

Do you now what's happening in the mind?

The mind has no place or shape but you can know the mind, you can know the mind is doing something, you can know something has come up in the mind. You can know the mind is knowing, you can know the mind is there, is present, you can know awareness is present, you can know the mind is feeling, you can know the mind is thinking.

You can know the mind has intentions, that the mind is intending.

Especially in our daily activities if we know our intentions it helps us transition with our awareness. It’s easier to keep being mindful. It's not only when we move there are intentions. Intentions are not only to move, if we are not moving there are intentions.

Where your hands are placed now, why are they there? Because the intention for them to remain there is operating. Intentions are there throughout our body. For example, somebody is riding a bike. The bike is the body and the person is the mind. So for the bicycle to move, they move together. Same when it stops and is still.

When the mindfulness is better and you can see more subtle activities in the mind then you can detect the subtle energies and impulses that are constantly there, the intentions.

When we go from a position of stillness and we want to make a movement, the movement begins in the mind. The mind first knows that it wants to move in some part of the body. When the mindfulness is good and when you can see the intentions it brings a feeling of a great sense of continuity of awareness. Because the intentions help you, mental intentions always help the mind to transition the body from one posture to another, from one activity to another. So if you see the intentions there is a great feeling of continuity through the transitions.

When we are only paying attention to the body, we often lose mindfulness when we move the body, when we change what the body is doing. There is a slight break in awareness. All day long we are intending to look, intending to listen, intending to go, intending do.

Staying still, there is the intention to be still. There are continuous intentions to stay still. With the eyes closed there are continuous intentions to keep the eyes closed.

Continue to make the effort to bring mindfulness into every single activity, and into all your movements and moments of stillness. When you are quiet know you are quiet, when you are silent know you are silent, when you are speaking know that you are speaking.