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Friday, June 07, 2019

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Very helpful; thank you.
Thinking through my goals helps me to maintain consistency. You've helped me see the flaws in the anatta doctrine. If mental quiet is a better proximate goal than is "insight" would you say that "mental quiet" is an end unto itself, or rather a healthy preamble to clearer thinking, or greater receptivity, or emtional regulation?

Prayer is usually talking to God. Mystical prayer is listening to God.

When you listen you learn. When you talk you don't learn very much.

You're welcome, Kevin

>>would you say that "mental quiet" is an end unto itself, or rather a healthy preamble to clearer thinking, or greater receptivity, or emtional regulation?<<

I would say that mental quiet is both an end in itself -- blissful as it can be -- and a preamble to the things you mention.

See my Meditation and Spiritual Exercises categories for much more on all of this.

Regarding the avoidance of electronics, do you think there is a problem with the use of ones phone solely as a timer, to avoid clock watching?

No, if you can keep from checking your messages, etc. I use a clock, but I don't 'watch it.'

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