Where Is The Off Button? by Greg Calise

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It seems the mind is always wanting more information, a better understanding, a clear picture, a logical solution and a mental satisfaction. That is fine. It can become a friend by scrutinizing all of the stuff that is being thrown at it. There are so many various political agendas, religious doctrines and paths that one is confronted with, and a sharp mind is good for finding one’s way through the labyrinth. But sometimes the mind can get carried away and want too much information and too much analyzing.

It’s easy to become addicted to gathering knowledge and analyzing it. The mind loves that sort of stuff. The mind can also get addicted to searching. Basically, the mind just loves to be busy. One Indian sage explained that philosophy was good for one thing – to appease the mind. Perhaps if the mind becomes appeased, it will leave me alone. It’s like a little child. They make so much noise and are always trying to grab your attention. If you can appease the child, perhaps he will stay quiet long enough, perhaps you can have a little peace for a while. Ah… a little time to meditate or relax.

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So yes, there is a certain amount of scrutiny one must exercise to make the right decisions. But there is a point when you just have to shut the mind up, otherwise it will just keep gping. Eckhart Tolle gave an example of this. A student asks, “But is your stillness the same as the Buddha’s stillness? Can you explain further by what you mean by stillness?”

Sometimes you just have to tell the mind to shut up for a while. Do you notice that it never seems to stop talking? Could you imagine having someone in your life like that? Someone who constantly kept talking and bothering you? Someone who never shuts up? Well, we do……. and it’s in our head, and we can’t seem to run away from it or shut it up. Sounds like a nightmare. It actually Is a nightmare. Where the hell is the Off button?

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The mind could spend months investigating, analyzing and even writing a thesis on stillness, but notice how it will do anything to keep from actually experiencing stillness? There comes a point when you have gathered enough knowledge, and the time comes when one should put that knowledge into practice. But do you notice that the mind just won’t let that happen? Perhaps it’s time to stop listening to it, stop paying attention to it.

So let the mind do its thing. Just stop paying any attention to it. Relax into the present moment, and the constant mental thoughts become simply a background noise, like birds chirping. Pay no attention to the bugger and it will just eventually shut up. Great. Now you can relax.

– Greg Calise

“Turn off your mind relax and float down stream
It is not dying, it is not dying

Lay down all thoughts, surrender to the void,
It is shining, it is shining.

Yet you may see the meaning of within
It is being, it is being

Love is all and love is everyone
It is knowing, it is knowing”

– John Lennon, Tomorrow Never Knows