― J. Krishnamurti
― Pema Chödrön
In any one moment, it can quite literally be the difference between heaven and hell.
(READ MORE....A FEW TIPS: JUDGMENT MIND IN PRACTICE)
1. Clarify your intention. The actual bottom line of Mindfulness Meditation is not changing yourself from "bad" to "good". That can just be another product of Judgment Mind. Try not to set up your Practice as yet another cycle of warfare against "yourself", another ego trip. The object is to "come as you are you are" to the process and engage in a journey to explore the nature of your own mind. Mindfulness is nothing more, nothing less than Seeing your own experience as it is.
Patience and Persistence are both the means -- and the ends -- of Practice. There is a quality of consciousness accessible to all, experienced by most of us already in special moments (oftentimes without noticing it). Cultivating a more consistent connection to that aspect of mind will take commitment, time, and what one of my teachers called "effortless effort".
3. The "noting practice" taught by various schools of Buddhism as part of Shamatha Meditation can be a useful means of identifying and releasing moments of Judgment Mind. Generally used in conjunction with Mindfulness of Breathing, this technique calls for us to make the mental note "thinking" when we notice that our attention has been drawn from a primary focus on the sensation of breathing into the realm of thought. Noting the quality of that mental note, it's "tone of voice", will indicate the presence of Judgment Mind. You then have the opportunity to repeat that mental note, "thinking", with greater kindness and compassion for yourself -- and all sentient beings.
THE BOTTOM LINE
The bottom line?
We don't have to stay stuck in the same conditioned rut. Life can be a Groove!
Originally Published, July 18, 2015. Revised.