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January 13, 2010
Rest in natural great peace, this exhausted mind. Beaten helplessly by karma and neurotic thought, like the relentless fury of the pounding waves, in the infinite ocean of samsara.

Sogyal Rinpoche offers insight into this beautiful poem by Nyoshul Khen Rinpoche about taming the mind, a fundamental Buddhist philosophy. He explains that if we just let go and ‘naturally be’ we too can find rest. But how does one even begin to ‘be’? More often than not, it feels as though there are thousands of thoughts racing through your mind at the same time? Clients. Bills. Traffic jams and deadlines. All before you have even gotten out of bed in the morning. ‘Just breathe’ is what you’re told to do. But does this work? And how? Well, the mind is actually a simple tool; it cannot multi-task. Often you may feel as though countless thoughts are swirling around in your head at the same time, when in fact there’s only one thought being processed at a time; one after the other. When you focus on your breathing, the mind will concentrate on nothing else. Drawing a comparison between a our daily lives and a glass of muddy water, Sogyal Rinpoche goes on to say that if we simply allow the dirt to settle, clarity reveals beautiful self, allowing you to just ‘naturally be’.

Rest in natural great peace, this exhausted mind. Beaten helplessly by karma and neurotic thought, like the relentless fury of the pounding waves, in the infinite ocean of samsaraTo the family and friends of the shark attack victim at Fish Hoek Beach yesterday, I hope you find rest too.

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