The sky pays no attention to the features of bird or plane, rain drop or snowflake, butterfly or autumn leaf dropping. The space that the leaf falls through is neutral to the leaf. The leaf is without characteristics to the space.
The second contemplation in practicing looking correctly is that everything is without the features or characteristics that the habits of our mind-emotions put upon, impute, ascribe, prefer or push away of those things. People, events, and circumstances, too. Classically, the phrase given for this is that “all phenomena are without characteristics.”
In a meditation session, the understanding is that whatever arises in the mind, including stories, memories, or fantasies about a future event are void of the importance or character that each of us puts upon such. Furthermore, if the story is from the past – the past is gone. If the projection or fantasizing is of the future…
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