Andy teaches a technique to get to no mind. It was easy for me… but I doubt that it’s easy for you.
When you are a “normal” human: living more than 70% of the time in your mind, repeating the same mental processes day in and day out, when you relate to the world through the mind, when you don’t spend any time in the present moment, then getting into no-mind is beyond you.
The best you can do is enter an illusion.
Are you able to get into the present moment through suppressing the mind? No, or not really.
But why am I pushing this “getting into the present” issue? Article after article?
Because unless you are in the present, you miss life. All of life happens in the present moment, that’s why.
The second issue is this: unless you are in the present moment, you fight battles in your head, battles that are not happening, but you are completely missing the “battles” that are: how it is, what is, what’s happening, what someone is saying, doing, what you are doing, all of it.
Now, if you EVER managed to be in the present moment, and conscious enough to observe that the mind doesn’t stop chattering, then what is next will make more sense.
If you NEVER managed to be in the present moment, and conscious enough to observe that the mind doesn’t stop chattering, then you probably think that the thinking that’s going on is you thinking.
Nothing is further from the truth: it goes on without you. At night it’s dreams, but it’s still going on.
So, hoping that the mind will stop its idle chatter is stupid: it won’t stop… and you can’t force it.
The deepest silence is when you allow the mind to do what the mind does, without resisting, without paying attention, without being bothered by it. That is what is called “mindfulness.”
Mindfulness is a state of active, open attention on the present. When you’re mindful, you observe your thoughts and feelings from a distance, without judging them good or bad. Instead of letting your life pass you by, mindfulness means living in the moment and awakening to experience.
The hardest thing to be present to something beautiful, like a flower, or a sunset, and stay present.
When you are present, you are non-verbal. There are no words between you and what you observe.
Very high level of presence. Years worth of training… but it’s worth it.