NE MT. HOOD SITE #2—When it comes to thoughts, I value mine at a good, solid 9. Does that surprise you after all my rants against thoughts?
Well, it shouldn’t because that’s 9 on a scale of 100.
But from what I can tell—and from my previous days of yore—most people (and only on a scale of 1 to 10) value their thoughts at like 11.
Yesterday, I headed down to Hood River for some supplies and to satisfy a serious pizza craving, then, because my boss/client values his thoughts at around 15 on a scale of 1 to 10, I headed back up Mt. Hood to work on a project that should have taken a few days and now looks like it will take at least a month.
There are probably six primitive campsites along this road I’m currently calling home, and all of them are empty (even though it’s the 4th of July weekend). There’s this one particularly nice spot—a clearing behind it, soft grass below your feet, lush forest on two sides and sun on the other two sides for all my energy needs. It was even level (which is pretty hard to find on a mountain).
“Perfect!” my mind said.
But it just didn’t feel right.
Still, like the fool I am, I listened to my stupid mind and made camp there last night.
Stupid, stupid, stupid. I swear, the mind is a terrible thing to have.
Didn’t get a wink of sleep. Don’t know why, it just didn’t feel right. I was tossing and turning and when I would nod off, I’d jerk awake because…?
I’ve been talking a lot about the Emptiness level lately (and Emptiness is all very rational), but don’t be too attached to the mind and its stupid thoughts and theories. The Mystic knows Emptiness practice (inquiry) is only a third of an integral path toward Awakening.
In the morning, tired and miserable, I broke camp (read: jumped in the driver’s seat and started the engine), and returned to my previous spot.
And it feels good. I expect I’ll sleep like a baby tonight.
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