Short Dhamma Talk - Thanissaro Bhikkhu
And get away from all the turmoil the world outside.
But you can't run away from turmoil after all there's turmoil in the human heart too.
Each human heart.
What you have to do is learn how to create a quiet corner in your heart and then carry that with wherever you go.
This is why we meditate.
To find a part of the mind or awareness of the present moment that's separate from the thing it knows.
In the beginning you actually try to make it one with its object.
Make it one with a breath.
Wherever there's breath have there be awareness where there's awareness have to there be breath.
Have them fill the body.
And then as they stay there together for a while, they begin to separate out.
Just like oil and water or vinegar and water.
And put them in one bottle and it as it gets shaken around it gets all mixed up.
But if you're allowed to sit for a wile, these things begin to separate out.
You see that oil is one thing, the water is something else.
It's the same with the mind.
As the breath and the mind stayed together and are still together for quite a while.
You begin to see what the breath is one thing, awareness is something else.
and that awareness doesn't have to be affected by what's going on in the breath, going on in the body, and going on in the world outside.
It can be aware.
It knows it's not that it doesn't know, but has a sense of being separate.
A sense of well-being inside.
The reason we get things all stirred up and mixed up together is because the mind feel the lack inside.
And then goes running around outside trying to fill up the lack.
That shakes up the bottle.
But if you have a sense that the awareness is sufficient.
It's enough in and of itself.
And things don't have to be shaken up.
I guess this is the Buddha pointed out the things in the world are not the problem what's happened.
But the problem is what the mind is doing.
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