Try to be mindful. And let things take their natural course.
Then your mind will become still in any surroundings – like a clear forest pool.
- All kinds of wonderful, rare animals will come to drink at the pool – and you will clearly see the nature of all things.
- You will see many strange and wonderful things come and go, but you will be still.
This is the happiness of the Buddha.
– Ajahn Chah
This is a metaphor for life and a metaphor to understand your real mind – which is naturally still – like a clear forest pool.
In life, many weird and wonderful people of all kinds will come into your life and go away back into their own lives – just like the many wonderful, rare animals that come to drink at the pool and then go off to do their own thing.
You are just sitting there quiet and still, beside the pool – observing all this. Your mind is like this too – your awareness observes all the comings and goings of all the wonderful people and animals that enter and go out of your life.
Yet your mind itself does not come and go with them – it just is naturally there, still, observing, letting things flow in and letting them flow out of themselves.
So in meditation too – you observe your thoughts coming into and going out of your mind. So you just allow them to flow in and out of your mind naturally. You just allow them to do their thing – just like you just allow the animals to do whatever the want to do in front of you at the clear forest pool.
So thoughts come into your mind and go out of your mind. Yet that which is aware of those thoughts, does not come and go with them, does it? It neither comes nor goes. It just observes. The awareness doesn’t move – only the things that appear before it move about. It is just naturally still, silent, naturally watching and aware.