Watching Your Mind

Watching your mind is the basis of Dharma practice, and if you are suffering from lung it is important to practice awareness. Vipassana (insight) meditation can be very good for lung, if done in a relaxed way. Since the mind and winds are interdependent, a blockage, or imbalance in your winds may show that there is a problem, which could be fear, anxiety, or worry. Therefore, it is crucial not to think too much about things, but instead to simply watch your mind, watch what is going on there. Ask yourself, "What I am feeling? Why I am feeling like this?" It is good to investigate your mind in this way, but without being emotionally involved-just investigating. It can also be helpful to read books about this subject. Some that i found helpful are 'Becoming Your Therapist' and 'Make Your Mind an Ocean', by Lama Yeshe, and 'When Things Fall Apart' and 'The Wisdom of No Escape', by Pema Chodrom. It is generally not a good idea to read about difficult subjects or things that make you think too much. Read instead about things such as compassion, watching the mind, and the Buddha-nature subjects that easily make the mind happy.


by Ven. Thubten Shakya

(excerpt from Balanced Mind, Balanced Body)