rachmiel wrote:Sorry, but I don't understand ... what kind of attitude am I supposed to have toward East and West? That they are merely mind-made conveniences for indicating direction, and as such, not concrete entities?
This is an idea that you have here, not an attitude.
East and West are very specific ideas, because they do not have fixed boundaries. If you go East you will return from West without passing the boundaries of East and West. Moreover, you cannot say I love East, and hate West. They are very obvious in their emptiness, idea like nature. If you go around the globe, places that were East, becomes West, so it is easy to see impermanence. Still, those are only mind-made ideas which are conventional. What is important is the attitude one gains through contemplating something ungraspable
. This is a way out of thinking mind. Mind that grasps after "truth".
If directions does not trigger any specific attitude, try comprehending infinity, as it doesn't have extremes. There is no end to it, like everlasting falling from the cliff. It contains everything, but mind does not fixate on anything, pours like boundless ocean.
Absolute cannot be comprehended by ideas, never. Find a concept that will work as a gateway for the mind to pour over everything. It is accompanied by relaxation, thus intentional relaxation may help here. It does not need effort, the only thing it needs is permission. Ignorant creation of illusion is a heavy work. Heavy work that is needed to create conventional truth. Conventions emerge from ultimate and are cling to. This clinging becomes habitual, intentionless. So, bringing pure intentions to contemplating boundless idea like infinity, or East and West, will shift you from intellectual to intuitive, and from intuitive to empty. This is all I can think of now.