Mental Untidiness

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The Power of Mindfulness
An Inquiry into the Scope of Bare Attention
and the Principal Sources of its Strength

by Nyanaponika Thera, 1986, Buddhist Publication Society

 

“It is the daily little negligence in thoughts, words and deeds going on for many years of our life (and as the Buddha teaches, for many existences), that is chiefly responsible for the untidiness and confusion we find in our minds. This negligence creates the trouble and allows it to continue. Thus the old Buddhist teachers have said: ‘Negligence produces a lot of dirt. As in a house, so in the mind, only a very little dirt collects in a day or two, but if it goes on for many years, it will grow into a vast heap of refuse.’”

When one lets go of nothing physically, it’s called “hoarding.” When one lets go of nothing psychologically, it is like living with a…

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