A post from my blog on Wordpress: The Still Mind
In a world such as this, one in which we humans have created such unnecessary competition and stress, the concept of a still mind may seem to be something one has no hope to obtain. However, it is possible. What is a still mind? It can be described as a mind free from the susceptibility to the enticements of the constant borage of thoughts which the brain is subject to every waking moment of every day. In other words, a mind like the feathers of a duck when it is caught in the rain. It would be impossible, grossly tedious and time consuming to attempt to avoid every single rain drop that falls from the sky. Thus a ducks feathers allow for the drops to run right of, leaving no place for the drops to abide. It is as a serene lake in a quiet dawn. Clouds passing over head are reflected in the water, then are no more when the clouds have gone.
To reveal the stilled mind, first ask who is looking for a still mind? Which thought is the one that wants to be still? Or which past experience, and future want is the one that strives for stillness. Who are you?
Relax the body and meditate, observing the erratic din of the thought mill as it runs around the brain. See what the thoughts do. Observe with no intention and no imposition of will. Any attempt to direct or regulate the thoughts will stir the water, akin to kicking up the sediment of a pool of containing particulate.
It is important to avoid becoming irritated if (or more likely, when) thoughts bombard your mental space. As time goes on, the thoughts will fall away of their own accord, but do not force it–to uncover stillness, one must place oneself in the position to receive it.