don’t try to change anything, but watch and learn

| Shwe Oo Min Dhammasukha Tawya Vassa English Interviews 15 July 2017 (7:35-9:15)

Everybody, when upset and depressed in daily life, try to change their mood by, for example, sleeping. When they wake up, they feel better. But they cannot learn anything this way.

What is the meaning of meditation? We try to be aware and learn about this mental state. Good or bad quality of mind, we need to know what it is, how it is working, why it is happening. We want to know. So, you need to change your attitude to “I want to know this nature”; and then, the mind will be more interested to watch.

So, the first step is for yogis to learn how to watch their mental states. Normally, when all experiences come, the mind is either liking or disliking the object. This is a very strong habit. Now, we are learning how to watch the pleasant and unpleasant situations with equanimity. You need to learn this first to be skillful in meditation.

Whatever comes, if we can watch with equanimity, only then, understanding can come.