We don’t have to reach a stillness of mind for eternity. We just have to reach a stillness of mind for a moment.
Now hold that thought.
In my view, we also value most importantly how we feel. One of the feelings I have that predominates in the background of obviousness (Werner Erhard’s term) for me is hunger. I hunger for something.
When I look closely at what that is, I see I hunger for more internal, spiritual and physical experience. More, more, more, more. Is this all there is? There must be more.
I have an insatiable spiritual appetite. What more is there to life? What more has life to offer? Life on Planet Earth? Life in this galaxy?
Hungry, hungry, hungry. The Buddha called it “craving.”
The minute my craving meets an obstacle I become impatient, irritated, and even hostile after a while. I won’t brook obstacles. I won’t endure being made to wait. Strong craving, strong aversion.
This craving for more experience goes on below conscious awareness and yet it’s always-already there, in a subterranean way.
For me a still mind would be an absence of this hunger or craving.
I’ve named it. I know what it is. Time now to experience it through to completion, like any other vasana.
Underneath the rubble and residue of our vasanas lies the still mind.