Immigration control

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In the next practice, as you will be meditating, start giving your passengers passports. Start acknowledging them as thoughts and see what happens to them. Don’t try to hold on to them, to detain them for investigation. Let them go, just look how they pass through emigration one by one, flashing their identity. 

Whenever you spot a thought, do not try to categorize it as good or bad, do not discriminate. Be impartial, as long as the passenger shows the passport – let it go. When you detain the thought, it will start arguing back at you, and the dialog may get lengthy. What can happen then is collective rebelling of the thoughts, which then take control over the lounge and you lose your focus. When you notice that you become too engaged with a thought, remind yourself to get back to observing your breath, to redirect your attention.