When there are no waves and no wind blowing, an ocean remains perfectly still. In the same way, when our mind has been freed from the waves of distraction, we should remain on the meditation object single-pointedly without any mental movement. - from Meditations for a Clear Mind CD
When a bird flies through the sky it leaves no trace of its movements, and so there is no trail to follow. In the same way, if distracting thoughts arise during our meditation we should not follow them but, by keeping our mind focused on the object of meditation, let them pass without trace. - from Meditations for a Clear Mind CD
Good cotton thread is soft and smooth and yet very strong. Similarly, when training in meditation our mind should be comfortable and relaxed, and yet strongly tied to the object of meditation by means of mindfulness. - from Meditations for a Clear Mind CD
We should train in meditative concentration, which is the source of inner peace. The deeper our concentration, the more profound and stable our mental peace will be, and the clearer and more powerful our mind will become.
Just as mud can always be removed to reveal pure, clear water, similarly delusions can be removed to reveal the natural purity and clarity of our mind. While acknowledging that we have delusions we should not identify with them, thinking, “I am a selfish, worthless person” or “I am an angry person.” Instead we should identify with our pure potential and develop the wisdom and courage to overcome our delusions.
There is a famous saying: “Just as water, if you don’t stir it, will become clear, mind, left unaltered, will find its own natural peace.”
I often compare the mind in meditation to a jar of muddy water: The more we leave the water without interfering or stirring it, the more the particles of dirt will sink to the bottom, letting the natural clarity of the water shine through. The very nature of the mind is such that if you only leave it in its unaltered and natural state, it will find its true nature, which is bliss and clarity.