To know our mind.
Looking at our mind shows us the rhythm of stillness, of this very moment. The Now. Often we think of our mind as a continuum. But the more we see of this very moment, absent of past grievances and future ambition, the more we lose anxiety and see the purity of the present mind.
Sometimes we mistake our mind for the thoughts that travel through it. That’s like understanding the sky by studying the blueprints of airplanes.
In the Four Noble Truths the Buddha taught us that we suffer because of our attachments.
When we understand our mind as a thought it invokes, we attaching to that thought as if it is our mind. We are getting stuck.
Meditation helps us see our mind empty of its thoughts.