Buddhist Philosophy

Clear “Brain-Jam” with Meditation

Brain-jam: Meditation as Antidote

Why begin your day with meditation? It is the best antidote for “brain-jam.”

Tulku Migmar Tsering is known for giving very practical advice.  Here he addresses our stressful lives and patterns.  And he knows that we may believe meditation is just one more thing we add to our list of things to do. We have to juggle many tasks and activities. Tulku says that we suffer from “Brain-jam.” Our mind fills up with so much traffic we get overwhelmed.

Brain-jam: Accumulated Mental Trash

Tulku explains how a brief time for meditation helps us manage a busy life. Before we launch into the craziness, we can give ourselves a little space.  Begin your day with a short meditation. This helps us counteract our mental stress loads.  Tulku describes how we pile up trash or garbage in our minds. And then we often carry one small negativity throughout our day. And, over the course of many hours that can become a heavy load. This carrying of garbage affects everyone we encounter. We need to put down that garbage!

Try an experiment! Listen to Tulku’s advice and test this in your own life. We can test it to see how this really works. The only way to find out is to try emptying our own garbage cans. Let us free our minds from “brain-jam.” We will see the difference. People around us will feel the change. It is a simple step to take!

Meditation exercise

This week, make the determination to sit in meditation for a short period every morning before you face your busy day.  Follow the meditation instructions you have learned previously–whatever type of meditation you have learned–just commit to practicing that.  If you are brand new, you can start with just 5 minutes of meditation. It is better to do a very short period so that you feel a sense of accomplishment. 

Don’t judge your meditation–simply take the time to sit.  If you’ve been practicing for a while, then you may want to sit for a longer time frame.  But, investigate–even if you are not a “morning person” can you see how taking time helps free the stickiness of brain-jam?

1 responses on "Clear "Brain-Jam" with Meditation"

  1. Very practical advice here from Tulku la. This ” topping up” of anger,stress, anxiety, definitely increases our suffering. Giving ourselves some time, some space can certainly help. Thanks.

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Suggested Reading

Dudjom Rinpoche, The Nyingma School of Tibetan Buddhism, trans. and ed. by Gyurme Dorje and Matthew Kapstein (Boston: Wisdom Publications, 1991), vol. 1, pages 468–474.

Ngawang Zangpo, Guru Rinpoche: His Life and Times, Ithaca: Snow Lion, 2002.

Nyoshul Khenpo, A Marvelous Garland of Rare Gems: Biographies of Masters of Awareness in the Dzogchen Lineage, trans. Richard Barron (Junction City: Padma Publishing, 2005), pages 41–48.

Padmasambhava, Legend of the Great Stupa, Berkeley: Dharma Publishing, 1973

Padmasambhava & Jamgön Kongtrul, The Light of Wisdom, trans. by Erik Pema Kunsang (Boudhanath: Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 1986-1999), pages 43-47 & Appendix 5.

Taranatha, The Life of Padmasambhava, Shang Shung Edizioni, 2005

Tulku Thondup, Masters of Meditation and Miracles, Shambhala, 1996.

Yeshe Tsogyal, Life and Liberation of Padmasambhava, translated by Kenneth Douglas and Gwendolyn Bays (Emeryville: Dharma Publishing, 1978, republished 2008).

Yeshe Tsogyal, Lotus Born: The Life Story of Padmasambhava, Rangjung Yeshe Publications, 2004.

‘The Life of Guru Padmasambhava’ in A Great Treasure of Blessings, The Tertön Sogyal Trust, 2004.