Rather than try to stop RANDOM THOUGHTS, acknowledge what happens

| Kalaw Retreat Mar 2017 - Day 5 Discussion Group B (1:00:41-1:02:06)

You don’t need to ask the mind to stop talking. You just need to pay attention and then that will fade away. So, do this work – check what’s happening in the present moment.

Think about how to practice; think about the practice. Then, the mind will practice; it won’t think about random things.

It’s very easy – for example, if we don’t want to be lost in negative thinking, do some positive thinking. If you don’t want to be lost in thoughts, then pay attention to the present moment. Do the positive, rather than try to stop the negative.

Right thought directs the mind to the right object; so, we need to combine sati with right thought. Right thought supports sati to be in the present.

Know that the mind is talking – no need to do anything – just know, know, know.