Listen to What Comes, Don’t Repress
“In the twenty-four hours of a day you need to be silent for an hour or so. Whenever it is convenient. The internal dialogue will go on but don’t be party to it.
“The key to it all is to hear the talk within just as you would hear two people talking, but remain apart. Don’t get involved; just listen to what one part of the mind is telling another. Whatever comes, let it come; don’t try to repress it. Only be a witness to it.
“A lot of rubbish that you have gathered over the years will come out. The mind has never been given the freedom to throw away this rubbish. When given the chance, the mind will run like a horse that has broken his reins.
“Let it run! You sit and watch. To watch, just watch is the art of patience.
“You will want to ride the horse, to direct it this way or that, because that is your old habit. You will have to exercise some patience in order to break this habit.
“Wherever the mind goes, merely watch; don’t try to enforce any order as one word gives rise to another and another, and a thousand others, because all things are connected.
Speak Your Mind!
“If it is convenient and possible, speak your thoughts out loud so that you can also hear them, because within the mind the thoughts are subtle and there is the fear you may not be very conscious of them. Speak them aloud, listen to them, and be very aware and alert to remain well separated from them.
“Resolve to speak out whatever comes to mind, but be absolutely unbiased and neutral.
“It is absolutely necessary to empty the mind patiently for six months, because all your life long you have done nothing but load it with thoughts. If you persist patiently and diligently then only six months is enough; otherwise, it might take you six years, or six lives! All depends on you, how wholeheartedly and sincerely you work at this method.
“Gradually, very faintly, you will begin to hear the footsteps of silence, and experience the art of listening.”
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Osho, The True Name, Vol.1, Talk #5 – The Art Of Listening