Very advanced practice #2
I should be charging you an arm and a leg for these teachings, since they are so advanced and powerful. Maybe I’ll design some kind of correspondence course soon- get totally 1000% enlightened in eight weeks, only 39.95.
It helps to have read the other post about the “most secret practice” involving lying down, and relaxing.
In this version, let yourself get overwhelmed. Enjoy some blaring TV, radio, iPhone, busy rushing around, stress, video games, texting. People say that things are getting more and frenetic, more hectic, more stressful by the day. Enjoy that. Have fun and go crazy with it.
When you find yourself overwhelmed and jangling in response to being very overstimulated, turn the stuff off, lie down (works best in your room, inside) and relax. Think a bit. Let the thoughts play out. Let the overwhelm and stress work themselves out as you just lie there and think.
Oftimes, new Buddhists learn about living a disciplined life, removing distractions, quieting down. I think that is very good, and potentially excellent. At the same time, lots of people are unable to do this. They’re just not there. You could say that they’re having so much fun with their life that they don’t see the benefit of narrowing things down, turning off stimulators and distractors like a blaring TV, or a chattering that won’t stop.
This is just fine. Don’t feel guilty at all if you need that stimulation via computer or TV.
Just let it drive you crazy, and then take a moment or two to relax, and let yourself think.
DISCLAIMER: This is not a promise that you will stop thinking. It’s okay to think. This is not a promise that you will “find peace,” or even a claim that such peace even exists at all.