One way to train your mind

Ice Floe, Watercolor, 6 x 6 inches, $95

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All situations are passing memory.

That's the First Absolute Bodhicitta Slogan and plenty to turn over in your consciousness for the next week (or for the rest of your life.)

We get stuck so easily. I see it happen all the time with drawing and watercolor. A person hones in on one little section of a drawing and worries it to death. With a watercolor, someone will try to fix a section before the watercolor has had a chance to do its thing and kills the whole painting.

It's simple to point out these behaviors of mind in the learning and practice of drawing and watercolor because those habitual behavioral tendencies present themselves right there on the page.

It's more difficult to check the habitual negative thoughts and ingrained patterns of reactions in the course of our everyday interactions.

One great thing about living at this very moment in time is that we have so many available tools to help us evolve into the radiant beings we are waiting to shine.

If you'd like to learn more about the ancient Tibetan Buddhist approach to mind training with slogans like the one above, click here for the Wikipedia entry on Lojong.
"It's not a matter of simply parroting these slogans once we've developed familiarity with them we have to use them to bring about a real change in our outlook. Words and phrases can have a positive or a negative impact on us, depending on their content. If we really think about these slogans and understand their profound subtleties, they will help to maintain our bodhisattva attitude and interrupt our negative flow of thoughts. According to the lojong teachings, we cannot underestimate the power of these sayings. Every time we remember a slogan, it will automatically help us not to react to things in our usual habitual way."
—Traleg Kyabgon, The Practice of Lojong: Cultivating Compassion through Training the Mind

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