Each day, I walk along the tracks.
I read chapter 20 of the Tao te Ching by Lao tsu (trans. By Steven Mitchell):
“Stop thinking and end your problems.
What difference between yes and no?
What difference between success and failure?
Must you value what others value,
avoid what others avoid?
Lao tsu says:
“Other people are excited,
as though they were at a parade.
I alone don’t care.
I alone am expressionless,
like an infant before it can smile.
Other people have what they need;
I alone possess nothing.
I alone drift about,
Like someone without a home.
I am like an idiot, my mind is so empty.
Other people are bright;
I alone am dull.
Other people have a purpose;
I alone don’t know.”
Lao tsu says:
“I drift like a wave on the ocean.
I blow as aimless as the wind.
I am different from ordinary people.
I drink from the Great Mother’s breasts.”
Here is what I say:
You can stop thinking through meditation.
Focus your awareness on your breath.
When a thought, emotion or sensation arises, take note of it and return your awareness to your breath.
Lao tsu practiced this and gained the capacity to stop thinking. He experienced an empty mind — but he was lonely as a result.
You can gain an empty mind but thoughts will come unless you are living in a cave.
He says, “I am alone; I don’t care; I have nothing – no home; I don’t know.”
There is a kind of pathology involved in this — but also a positive side.
After one sip of the milk from the Great Mother and there are no more words!
Try one sip and you will be addicted. You will want more, more, more — what wonderment!
Breath in, breath out,let the wonderment go — return your focus to the breath.
If you have problems, stop thinking — meditate. It is good medicine.
Only certain people will try this — People who recognize their anxiety, depression,or trauma can replace these thoughts with the meditation process — it is an inner path to empty yourself.