Posted by: Upāsaka | 10/12/2017

Guarding the Mind

It still surprises me just how easily impressions can slip in and begin replicating themselves like viral RNA until they completely overwhelm my meager defenses. In the past I have held the mistaken belief that I’m strong enough or too well practiced to succumb to random sense impressions but I have been consistently proven wrong. In fact, the minute I become aware of the thought that something won’t effect me is previously threw moment in time when the real trouble starts.

Personally, I am most easily ensnared by visual stimuli related to sexual desire for the opposite sex. I can see an ad or read soothing and find myself acting on an unskillful impulse hours later. It seems to me that the best course of action would be to recognize the danger immediately and apply the antidote as soon as possible. Far too often I have failed to do so and paid the price.

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