Short Moments, Many Times
Thanks to Marcel for reminding us yesterday of Tulku Urgyen’s words:
“The training in recognising mind essence is this: short moments repeated many times. There is no other way. A short duration guarantees it is actually the authentic mind essence, by itself. Repeating this recognition many times ensures that we will get used to it.”
‘Short moments, many times’ means a short, sharp shock to our system, to bring us back into the moment now, cutting through our dream state. This is especially important while engaged in spiritual practices, to keep us from either drifting off in thoughts or performing prayers, chants, meditation etcetera mechanically, just going through a routine, and hoping that it will work. It’s easily done.
If we do not remember that our practice is meant to result in resting in pure awareness, then we just fall into wishful thinking – and actually, it’s a pretence.
Practice: the actual application of a method, as opposed to theories relating to it.
Short moments many times is like a self-sharpening knife … always keen!
Keen: the mental faculty of being quick to understand. Old English ‘cene’ – wise, clever, brave, daring, bold.
Fearless in the moment now.
This moment now is preparation for the next moment now.
This life now is preparation for the next life now.
Short moments many times is simply relaxing many times – now.
How long is a moment?
That’s up to you!