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“Clarity” points to the ultimate nature of mind, a quality capable of reflecting, perceiving, and experiencing all form. Buddhist teachers use several different analogies to illustrate clarity of mind. The sky is one such metaphor, with every thought like a cloud that passes through it. No matter whether it’s a happy, fluffy cloud that briskly scoots from one horizon to the other, or an overcast pall that seems to hang around interminably, there comes a time when every cloud has gone from the sky. And when it does it leaves no residue, no trace. According to the Buddhist definition, beliefs and convictions, like other mental activity, are temporary and changeable. This is not to diminish their importance in the way they color our experience of reality for a period of time. It’s rather a way of saying we shouldn’t confuse the clouds for the sky, our thoughts for the mind. They arise, abide, and pass. The more we engage with and empower them, the longer they abide. But they have no meaning or permanence without our involvement. Rather than paying undue attention to such ephemera, what’s important is to focus on what actually endures—the clarity of mind. “Clarity,” in everyday usage, has connotations of neutrality, of absence, but in the context of mind, the experience of clarity is not a tedious void of sensory deprivation. On the contrary, words often used to describe it include “radiant,” “luminous,” and even “blissful.” Mindfulness Is Better Than Chocolate: A Practical Guide to Enhanced Focus and Lasting Happiness in a World of Distractions

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