Encouragements, discouragements, neutral observations –
all of these messages may only be meaningless mind chatter,
stirred up on the surface of mind by tension or anxiety.

None of them, not even the interpretations and commentaries,
can touch the inner essence of relaxation
or invite the joy of experience to come out.

There is no need to respond to them,
follow their dialogues, or reflect on their significance.

It is not important whether you are confused or not confused,
whether or not you have thoughts.

As much as possible, let this entire stream of activity
flow by without paying it any attention.

Relax deeply and allow the body to be still and the mind to calm down.

Tarthang Tulku Rinpoche
The Joy of Being


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