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The Traffic of Your Thoughts

February 2, 2012

While you’re meditating, all kinds of thoughts arise. All kinds of things come through the mind. Let them just come through. Don’t try to say whether they are bad or for that matter particularly good. Just let them come through, as simply as you can. By letting them come through, you find that there’s a sense of openness. You don’t find your thoughts threatening or particularly helpful. They just become the general gossip of your thoughts. This traffic of your thoughts and the verbosity of your mind are simply part of the basic chatter that goes on in the universe. Just let it go through.

From “A Meditation Instruction,” in the current issue of Shambhala Sun magazine. Based on unpublished talks by Chögyam Trungpa.

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