Sunday, March 16, 2008

Footsteps of Silence


Most of the stress felt by the modern man is because of the continuous inner dialogue that goes on in the mind. There have to be some silent spaces in which the mind rejuvenates and regenerates its energy. In the twenty-four hours of a day you need to be silent for an hour or so, whenever it is convenient. The internal dialogue will go on but don't be a party to it. It is not so difficult if you follw these keys given by Osho.

Detached listening
Sit without doing anything and hear the talk within just as you would hear two people talking, but don't get involved; just listen to what one part of the mind is telling another. Whatever comes, let it come; don't try to repress it. Only be a witness to it.

Wild horses of the mind
A lot of rubbish that you have gathered over the years will come out. The mind has never been given the freedom to throw away this rubbish. When given the chance, the mind will run like a horse that has broken his reins. Let it run! You sit and watch.
To watch, just watch, is the art of patience. You will want to ride the horse, to direct it this way or that, because that is your old habit. You will have to exercise some patience in order to break this habit.

Speak your thoughts
If it is convenient and possible, speak your thoughts out loud so that you can also hear them, because within the mind the thoughts are subtle and there is the fear you may not be very conscious of them. Speak them aloud, listen to them, and be very aware and alert to remain well separated from them. Resolve to speak out whatever comes to mind, but be absolutely unbiased and neutral.
It is absolutely necessary to empty the mind patiently for six months, because all your life you have done nothing but load it with thoughts. If you work at this method wholeheartedly and sincerely, you will begin to hear the footsteps of silence.

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