Reflections of life and staying present; favorite poems and sometimes photos.
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
Thoughts are like actors
Thoughts of themselves have no substance; let them arise and pass away unheeded. Thoughts will not take form of themselves, unless they are grasped by the attention; if they are ignored, there will be no appearing and no disappearing.
when I first heard the Shakespeare quote about being actors on the stage of
life. I was in high school English class and it really struck me in a way that
not many things had previously. As a small child I did have several experiences
of feeling so open and spacious, so filled with light and curious about what
life is and what my place in it might be.
we grow up, we lose that natural curiosity and fall into our roles on the stage
of life without questioning why. We become quite expert at playing our part and
the emotions we experience become so real as we attach to them.
meditation, we detach from our thoughts and emotions and become the audience.
To continue the analogy of life being a play, our thoughts and emotions are the
actors. Like actors and actresses everywhere, they love a responsive
audience. But if no one shows up to watch the play, they give up and close the
show. If we can allow the emotions and thoughts to be there without
responding to them, they will soon dissolve and the mind will grow stronger and
more one-pointed. The more we practice meditation, the easier it is to
see emotions and thoughts for what they really are and to know who we