Cheryl Slean discusses the common misapprehension about meditation that peace can somehow be found by stopping thinking. The Buddha taught that the processes of mind and body are not the cause of suffering, but rather the clinging to, being attached to or identifying oneself with those processes. Though our mental habit is to become entangled in and distracted by thought, it is possible with practice to become aware of these forms of clinging in the mind. Cheryl points out several ways to recognize attachment to thought and the craving that motivates the attachment. As we directly feel the suffering of clinging, wisdom grows, our minds naturally disattach (let go) and we experience more peace-- even while thinking!

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