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Trying to create something is lobha (greed). Rejecting what is happening is dosa (aversion). Not knowing if something is happening or has stopped happening is moha (delusion). Only when the observing mind has no lobha, dosa, nor soka (worry-anxiety) inside it, then the meditating mind will arise. You have to double check to see what attitude you are meditating with. You have to accept and watch both good and bad experiences. You only want good experiences. You don’t want even the tiniest unpleasant experience.

So assuming that you can look into your mind, Cittanupassana starts with observing the characteristics of the consciousness; if you recognise the work they do, that is their characteristic. You are aware of some object and the mind that is aware of that object. You know this mind as the noting mind or consciousness or citta. en another consciousness-citta arises which is aware-watches over the first one which is aware of object and arises with the object and because of the object. It knows what this first one is doing, knows its ‘whereabouts’ object and behaviour.

No talking is for beginners, the Buddha said, be mindful when you are speaking or when you are silent. So learn to speak mindfully. Speak with awareness, listen with awareness. As soon as you are approached by people alert yourself to be mindful with talking, without getting emotionally involved. Watch out when the other person stops talking and its your turn to speak. Don’t rush into it out of control, like we usually do and lose our mindfulness.  Speak slowly and short so that the other person slows down too.

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