Sometimes we think of zen meditation practice as developing equanimity. Quietening the mind.
But which mind? Certainly not the personal mind.
What is obvious when we start sitting is the incessant talking itself into existence, which the personal mind seems to engage in endlessly. Like an apprehended fraudster. Talking himself in. Talking himself out.
So if our aim is to have equanimity, it would be foolish to expect this mind to be silent, to drop away, and leave equanimity pristine behind it..
So what do we do?
This personal, karmic mind is occurring within the greater body-mind.
Do our thoughts extend to our felt bodily experience or not?
This bodymind is already sitting within vast space. Do our thoughts extend above our head or behind or in front of us?
Of course not. There is no boundary to this space. It extends everywhere, and holds everything. Practice like this.