It is very helpful each to identify the nature of the mind and concentrate on it. However it is difficult to catch hold of the mind, hidden as it is beneath scattered thoughts. Few techniques which will help in your mediation identify the true nature pf the mind:
- First stop remembering wat happened in the past
- Then stop thinking about what might happen in the future
- Let the mind flow o its own accord without the overlay of thought. Observe it for a while in its natural state
When for instance you hear a noise , between the time you hear and the time you identify its source you can sense a state of mind devoid of thought in which you experience the sound as a reflection of the minds luminosity and knowing. At such a time you can grasp the basic nature of the mind. In the beginning, when you are not used to this practice, it is quite difficult, but in time the mind appears like clear water. Try to stay with this state of mind without being distracted by thoughts and become accustomed to it.
Practice this meditation in the early morning when your mind is awakened and is clear, but your sense are not yet fully operating. It helps not to have eaten too much the night before, the quality of your sleep the next morning . If you eat too much , your sleep can be think and heavy, such that you are almost a corpse. It will be helpful for your meditation if can have a heavy breakfast and lunch , but a lighter dinner.
The benefit of paying attention to the nature of the mind, early in the morning makes your mind more alert thought the day. Your thoughts are more tranquil and your memory will improve if you are able to practice meditation every day. It makes the mind more stable mind and giving rest to the wayward nature of the mind.
It is crucial to realise that afflictive emotions like spite, jealous and hatred do not reside in the true nature of the mind. Even while generating negative afflictive emotions, the basic nature of the mind itself is free from the corruption of these attitudes. It is the similar to the clear skies that lies beneath the clouds, our minds nature always remain the same.
No matter what afflictive emotions are generated and no matter how powerful they are, the basic mind itself remains unaffected, it always good and true to itself.