Ever since Michael Jackson died last week, I can’t stop thinking about identity and how clinging to one—or several in his case— can bring much suffering. Yes, Michael was mesmerizing. But like the article, A Sequined Glove That Mesmerized the World, in the New York Times said last week, “There is no way to know what was on Michael Jackson’s mind…” And even if we did know what was on his mind, mind is shifty, which is un-reassuring. The idea of “mind is shifty” led me to this article in Tricycle’s Summer 2007 issue, The Spookiness of Ego-Mind. Of course the whole notion of “mind shifting” is the perfect charnel ground for practicing letting go, which is much harder than it sounds. I know meditation helps. Any other suggestions?
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