“When the mind is closed, the heart shuts down, and vice versa. It doesn’t really matter which one closes first, the other one isn’t far behind. Don’t expect the mind to stay open. It won’t. An open mind is a mind free of judgments. How long is it before a judgment arises in your mind? Be honest. Is it every two hours, every two minutes, or every two seconds? In between those judgments, the mind is open. When judgments come up, the mind closes and stays closed for as long as the judgment is held.
Don’t try to stop yourself from having judgments. That is a futile exercise. Instead, be aware of the judgments that come up in your mind, look at them, and let them go. If you do this, you will discover that there will be more space between your judgments, more time in which your mind is quiet, relaxed, open.”
Paul Ferrini, in “The Silence of the Heart”
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