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Why label?

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 6:48 pm
by Music
Just a quick question. Must we label everything we experience?

Re: Why label?

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 6:50 pm
by DGA
No.

It can be useful to do so under some circumstances (drink the water, not the vinegar). But you don't need the label "water" to benefit from a cool drink on a hot day.

Re: Why label?

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 6:52 pm
by cesar
Jikan wrote:No.

It can be useful to do so under some circumstances (drink the water, not the vinegar). But you don't need the label "water" to benefit from a cool drink on a hot day.
well put. :)

Re: Why label?

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 7:01 pm
by Music
I meant labeling while meditating, as in vipasana.

Re: Why label?

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:40 pm
by ClearblueSky
Certainly not, in fact a large aspect of meditation is learning not to label. When thoughts arise, learning not to label them such as "good, bad, important, distracting". Just seeing the mind and not labeling our thoughts and experiences, and the goal is to do this in meditation then bring it into all times of your life.

Re: Why label?

Posted: Wed Aug 15, 2012 8:54 pm
by Karma Dondrup Tashi
It's a pen, guys. Not a chew toy. Don't have any choice in the matter. Like I can snap my fingers and change the way my karma is making me perceive? Don't think so.

So what to do, whatever to do? Just chillax.

Re: Why label?

Posted: Thu Aug 16, 2012 8:10 am
by muni
Experiences are clouds already gone.

Labeling consciousness stream as I, labeling things as mine, my experience... In our language we do so, but nice it should be, to see the illusion of labeling, at least for me. :pig:

:anjali:

Re: Why label?

Posted: Sat Aug 18, 2012 3:39 pm
by Music
Let's say I am observing my breath but go off on a train of thought. Do I just label it 'thinking' and then return to breath? It is this kind of labeling I am talking about.

Re: Why label?

Posted: Sat Aug 18, 2012 6:03 pm
by Osho
Maybe just let it go.
Labelling it is just another thing to think about.
No impertinence intended.

Re: Why label?

Posted: Sun Aug 19, 2012 8:35 am
by muni
Music wrote:Let's say I am observing my breath but go off on a train of thought. Do I just label it 'thinking' and then return to breath? It is this kind of labeling I am talking about.

When mind is going to wander (in thoughts), don't worry, simple come back. Yongye Mingyur Rinpoche.
:anjali: