There is longing
A desire for something
Attraction or aversion
Draws and sustains attention.
And with the contact of the senses
and their myriad sense impressions
But with well-instructed mindfulness acting as the sentinel of consciousness.
Supported by lucid serenity and unification of mind.
With wisdom as chief.
One nips it in the bud right there.
Prunes away unwholesome states of mind
Before they become the self-centred story of greed, hate and delusion.
With perfected practise
and complete mastery of the mind
Liberated to the core
With no more clinging remaining.
One abides in the deathless state
Unperturbed by the changing phenomena of the world.
Knowing and understanding that all things are anicca (impermanent)
One remains serene and is not suprised by anything.