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- Get into a comfortable position, and then
lock the body still.
- Focus on your breath for a few moments, to calm the
mind, watching the air flow out and then back in.
- Now go on a search, to try to find a fixed solid “me.”
- Is “me” my body?
- Think first about how the body is constantly changing,
getting older by the minute. It is not at all the same
body as it was a year ago.
- Then think about what the body is made of—how it
comes from so many other sources.
- How can this constantly changing thing that is
composed entirely of foreign substances be me?
- Explore the mind—look at your constantly changing
thoughts and feelings. Watch them as they rise and
- How could this constantly changing experience be
- So if I am not my body, and I am not my mind, who am
- Next, call to mind your mistaken perception of a
solid unchanging self—a me who is underneath this
constantly shifting body and mind; a me who controls
- Think about how the body experiences pains that are
beyond your control, and how it functions without
- How could it be my body if I can’t control it?
- Again watch the constant flow of thoughts in the
mind, and ask yourself where they are coming from.
Think about how you have no present control when
this mind gets upset or causes you pain.
- How could it be my mind if I can’t control it?
Start to get the feeling that there is no director of the
body and mind underneath it all—that this me you
always thought existed is simply a fabrication of your
- Explore the feeling of absence you get as you realize
the me that you always believed in is a me that does