It was asked:
Should you repeat a mantra such as “I love myself” while meditating or stay silent and keep your mind clear?
Repeating an affirmation such as “I love myself” does not help much. Because the underlying feelings do not change. Rather — simply be present to whatsoever arises, and accept it from the heart. If you notice feelings of self-hatred, watch the way a scientist might watch. “Interesting — there is self-hatred inside.” If a feeling of joy arises, watch the joy.
Regarding “keeping your mind clear:” it is not possible. *You* cannot keep your mind clear. Because who would be doing it? Just another part of the mind — the thought police!
No — simply watch as the thoughts pass through — like clouds passing through an open sky. Over time, they may slow down, and a clear mind may arise. But it will be a happening — it will not be because of your doing.
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