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Q124. I always struggle with continuous thoughts during meditation. Will they disappear with time?

A. No, they won’t disappear in that way. You can’t win the fight.
When a thought arises, you can’t lock it in even with thousands of locks, can’t tie it up even with thousands of ropes, or destroy it even with a heavy hammer.

Don’t distinguish it as either good or bad, and also don’t try to stop it. Distinguishing between good and bad is adding one more thought to the existing thoughts, and trying to stop them is strengthening them. Fighting with thoughts is like fighting with shadows as long as you don’t realise the root. Leave them alone and just trace them back to their root. All the various thoughts are from the same root. The moment you realise the root of the thoughts, they will lose their power and change from your enemy to your servant.

©Boo Ahm

All writing ©Boo Ahm. All images ©Simon Hathaway

1 thought on “Q124. I always struggle with continuous thoughts during meditation. Will they disappear with time?”

  1. Time is a man made . also an illusion.
    If I think thoughts will disappear in the future I am creating an expectation. My mind will be checking every day. Have they gone ?
    More thinking and checking.
    Thoughts just come and go if I don t attach to them.
    Better to find out who is thinking. Who is taking notice of these thoughts.
    Become the question.


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