Like switching channels in the middle of breaking news

david's picture

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It's like switching channels in the middle of breaking news.

Like leaving the cinema theater before the movie ends.

Like watching a passing train from a zero distance.

Don't let the observer alone to dictate the rhythm. It will result in the observed strengthening the observer.

Don't let the observed alone to dictate the rhythm. It will result in the observer strengthening the observed.

Don't let the observer to dwell in the observed. It will result in an attachment relationship of the observer to the observed.

Remember - they are two that are one, they are two that are none.

Predefine an independant exit strategy. Observe, accept and exit; Observe, accept, and switch; Observe, accept and ignore; Observe, accept and next. Use your breath as a metronome.

Omkaradatta's picture

I do it all the time

I do that all the time ;-). Switch channels in the middle of breaking news, end a song when it's 7/8ths over, turn a movie off before the ending, dump a long Email in the middle of composition. None of it matters anything, nothing is worth the slightest bit of attachment.

I say let the observer alone, let the observed alone, let everything alone. Let the "me" who wants to control all this, dissolve.

Omkaradatta | Thu, 01/01/2009 - 19:56
david's picture

one left

Ah you missed one! Do you watch passing trains from zero distance? :-)

david | Thu, 01/01/2009 - 22:22
Omkaradatta's picture


Only if I think to jump out of the way in time ;-).

Omkaradatta | Fri, 01/02/2009 - 01:44
robert's picture


a complimentary recommended post with the same theme: do not dwell.

robert | Thu, 01/01/2009 - 22:49
Phroggy's picture


If the observer is dictating, dwelling, attached, reinforcing something, it's not observing. As I think you imply, the observer is a made up stance taken by the mind that is observed, and so it doesn't really exist. The idea is simply to be aware, but if it's believed there is an actual observer, mind will likely assume it's identity.

Phroggy | Fri, 01/02/2009 - 03:41
nancy pro's picture


Even in simple observation and acceptance, there are many pitfalls that can turn it into a doing, a counterproductive doing. One of these common pitfalls is the dwelling discussed above.

Therefore, it is important to list these pitfalls and a grace to know about them.

nancy pro | Fri, 01/02/2009 - 10:25
Phroggy's picture


I agree. I was just adding my casual comments.

Phroggy | Fri, 01/02/2009 - 20:28
mika's picture

two that are one, two that are none

It is funny - the acceptance includes in it the relinquishing control but after mastering the Accept+Observe+LetGo as a way of life, at some point you feel a lot of control but different kind of control - an ability to empty your mind while the observer and the observed feel as one.

mika | Sat, 01/03/2009 - 19:42
Phroggy's picture


The observer and observed ARE the same, but there is no control in relinquishing control (not in that sense). This is just mind coming back in through the back door after it got sent out the front door, attempting to lay claim to the ability to control mind. If control is released (not something you are causing) then it must end there without mind grasping for the steering wheel.

Phroggy | Sat, 01/03/2009 - 20:58
anderlaus's picture

crucial factor - the rythem of observation

This advise is crucial!

The art of observation should be with the least control possible and by trying to determine the pace we actually manage to impose the control and decide implicitly what we are going to observe and how.

anderlaus | Sun, 01/03/2010 - 07:14
zoya's picture

In Vipassana also

This is the reason why in Vipassana Goenka insists on moving on with the observing of the body sensations, not to dwell, not get attached, everything will evaporate anyway unless you sustain it with your attention. The rhythm is the only constant thing.

On the other hand (and there is always other hand in spirituality and psychology) one should make sure he is not moving too fast and does not give the minimal exposure to the observed so that it be processed.

zoya | Tue, 03/16/2010 - 10:03
Quantum's picture

I'm interestinted in Vipassana

I only know of it from a book, and from here. I don't plan on atteding an actual retreat. This bundle of flesh can't sit that log. And I, the ego, don't feel like attending.

Nonetheless, what does, "...moving on with the observing of the body sensations.." mean?


-Quantum's Ego

Quantum | Thu, 03/25/2010 - 21:17


Vipassana can be understood through its practice. Books give the acquaintance of theoretical aspects of this subject but in the lack of proper practice its theory cannot give the real results; hence you are asked to attend ten days vipassana camp in your country.
Vipassana is one of the outstanding methods of meditation which, as said, leads to moksha(the great liberation). Detachment and equanimity becomes the part of character of the vipassana meditater.

NIDHI PARKASH | Sat, 03/27/2010 - 17:25
Quantum's picture


That does not answer my question.

Either answer the question, or like the wise person to whom my question was directed in the first place... don't answer at all.

-A very irritated EGO.

Quantum | Sat, 03/27/2010 - 18:05

> irritating

There are countless sensations which are not known to persons but through vipassana mind becomes sharp and subtle which works as an instrument to feel these sensations with equanimity. Mind becomes scanner for the scanning of these sensations which may be good or bad or the mixed but the man has to remain unaffected from the charms of its results and forms.
Idon't know whether you get your answer or not but in future I am not to say about it. You may ask directly from vipassana hq. Igatpuri.

NIDHI PARKASH | Wed, 03/31/2010 - 15:27
Quantum's picture


that helps.


Quantum | Wed, 03/31/2010 - 17:24