By Bhikkhu Khemavamsa
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Consider these two ways of dealing with anger: Being reasonable and thinking if the other person is actually not aware of making you angry or he has a reason to behave the way he does. Watch that sensation in your body and mind, don’t judge and don’t elaborate. Just stick with the knowing mind, don’t worry about the object. Also do not expect all sorts of pains and problems to disappear quickly. Even when you take medicine pains do not go away instantly. With Vipassana you cannot hurry things up.
Only when the observing mind has no lobha, dosa, nor soka (worry-anxiety) inside it, then the meditating mind will arise. You have to double check to see what attitude you are meditating with. You have to accept and watch both good and bad experiences. You only want good experiences. You don’t want even the tiniest unpleasant experience. Is this fair? Is this the way of the Dhamma? Don’t have any expectations. Don’t want anything. Don’t be anxious. Because if these attitudes are in your mind, it becomes difficult to meditate.
Stay with the ‘one step up mind’. Apply this to all practices. When your mind has a lot to do, has to do more work, it progresses better. Watch the mind all the time. en you will understand how it works. en you will be able to do everything and be watching the mind: reading, writing, speaking, going out in the city, and so on. You will be an observer, watching a show! When you feel discomfort, pain, agitation, that is the moment to look into your mind! (With all practices). No noting! is is true Vipassana!
Contemplation of the Mind by Bhikkhu Khemavamsa