🌕 Angela’s Reflections:
Our mind is so habitually turned outwards towards external stimuli that most of us have never turned the mind inwards towards itself, cultivating mindfulness and samādhi. When we learn meditation, we typically learn both samatha and vipassanā.
Samatha and vipassanā reinforce each other. The calmer and more serene the mind, the clearer it reflect reality as it is, and know things as they are. When we develop a direct realization to the way things are, this view will propagate into our lives — thoughts, speech and action. Supported by naturally virtuous thoughts, speech and action, the serenity and insight of the mind will deepen more. This is a virtuous cycle.
🌱 Journal Reflection Prompts for You:
- 📝 Examine if you have ever experienced the states of mind as described in the post.
- 📝 How might you cultivate or practice samatha (serenity, calm-abiding) and vipassana (clear seeing, insight)?
Featured image, an AI-generated artwork, by Angela Ho.