No Mind

Many of the concepts that come to us from the eastern ways of thinking can seem both exotic and confusing. “Mushin” or No mind is one such concept. Like most of these ideas, however, it is really quite simple and grounded.

Although we all tend to identify our sense of self with the “thinker”,  the part of us that analyses and evaluate our experience. Although this is a wonderful and powerful aspect of self, it is not the entirety of it.

We all have an intelligence beyond our thoughts, an intelligence which beats the heart, grows the hair and breathes for us as we sleep. There is a place behind our thoughts, a stillness that shows up in moments were silence are allowed to ripen. This is “no mind” a cessation in the constant stream of thought and interpretation that so often besets us.