Inquiry: I need to be in the rigth frame of mind

 

I need to be in the right frame of mind.

(I need to be in the right frame of mind to do inquiry.)

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Is it true?

Yes.

Can you know for certain it’s true?

No.

What happens, how do you react, when you have that belief?

I feel that my conditions – my frame of mind – need to be just right to do inquiry.

My frame of mind becomes a problem to me, an enemy.

I feel vulnerable to changes in my state of mind.

My state of mind is big and powerful to me, and I small and powerless.

I am at the mercy of the whims of my frame of mind.

I feel powerless, weak, tired.

I am alert to signs of my frame of mind not being right:

Feeling tired, spacy, distracted, scattered, not interested.

I make these into an enemy to me.

I am at war with my own mind.

Who would you be without that thought?

(What do you notice without that thought?)

Curious about & interested in doing inquiry.

Free to do inquiry any time.

Freedom. Excitement.

Turnarounds

(To self, other, opposite.)

I need to be in the right me.

The me that knows that inquiry, noticing, can happen in many frames of mind.

My frame of mind needs to be in the right me.

The me that notices it’s already allowed as is.

The me where resistant thoughts are noticed and inquired into.

The me that’s kind to and gentle with itself.

I don’t need to be in the right frame of mind.

It’s an invitation to do inquiry in different frames of mind, including when I feel tired, spacy, distracted.

It can be a good opportunity to look at my frame of mind, what’s really here.

It’s a good opportunity to look at my thoughts about what’s here.

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