Although eating honey is a very good thing to do

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“Well,” said Pooh, “what I like best,” and then he had to stop and think. Because although Eating Honey was a very good thing to do, there was a moment just before you began to eat it which was better than when you were, but he didn’t know what it was called.
~A.A. Milne

Even a simple Pooh quote is a question and invitation for investigation.

When anticipating eating honey, it is easy to see that the joy of sweet anticipation is all in the mind. If we like honey, that is.

What about other things I anticipate and like? When I look at specific examples, what do I find? Does the joy come from anticipation? Is it all in the mind?

If that is the case with anticipating things I like, what about the things I don’t like? What happens if I anticipate something I don’t particularly enjoy? Is there some suffering there? Is that suffering too created by the mind?

And if all of that happens when I anticipate something happening in the future, what about the past? If I think about something I like from the past, is that joy created by the mind? If I think of something I don’t like from the past, is that discomfort created by the mind as well?

What about the present? If I think of something in my present I like, such as the beautiful warm summer weather, is that joy mind created? And if I think of something from the present I don’t like, such as the murmuring pain that could be another kidney stone, is that discomfort and unease created by the mind?

What do I find if I look at this a little closer? What is really going on here? How is the joy of sweet anticipation created when I think of eating honey?

Is it the image on eating honey in itself that creates the sweet anticipation? Is something else needed, such as a thought or image of liking to eat honey? And also an image of someone (me!) eating honey? And maybe also a thought or image that it is likely I will eat honey in the (near) future? Are all of those needed? Are they sufficient? Does the joy of sweet anticipation come about through the combination of those? A combination of images of eating honey, liking it, a me eating the honey, and that it may well happen?

If that is how it is with eating honey, what about other things? What about anticipating something I don’t like? Or thinking about something I like or don’t like from the past? Or the present?

What do I find when I look at specific and concrete instances from my own life?

Is joy and suffering all created from my own world of images?

What happens if I don’t notice that it is all happening within my own world of images? Does it all seem very solid, real, substantial? What happens when I do notice it is happening within my own world of images, even to just some extent? Does it seem a little lighter? Less substantial?

What about the I doing all this, is that doer an image as well? And what about the I observing, is that observer an image?

When I look at what seems the most like me, is that also an image? Content of experience?

What happens when I don’t notice those as images? When I think that is what I am?

What happens when they are noticed as images? As content of experience?

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outline….

  • sweet anticipation
    • pooh quote, an invitation for exploration
      • the joy of sweet anticipation, all in the mind
      • and so also suffering from anticipation
      • and so also joy and suffering created from thoughts, whether those thoughts are about future, past or even present
        • created when those thoughts are taken as true (b/c if not, if neutral, then just thougths, clouds passing through the sky, nothing happens)
    • get to see how joy and suffering are mind-made, created by thoughts taken as true
    • can explore that after a situation, and also as it happens, in everyday life (over and over, in different situations, different areas of life 

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  • Tim says so:
    June 30th, 2009 |

    I guess that “this” is our practice. The head, with the aid of our heart (hopefully) explores how it is that the ear hears, the nose smells, and the mind thinks. It all becomes the proverbial “it just is” without our self centered sense of attachment to every thought that comes our way.

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