The mind, being nothing more than the stream of thoughts,
can it be extinguished by either the desire
or the decision to do so?
Would not the desire or the decision
be another mere thought?
In fact by the very desire, by the very decision and the action
which is only an external actualization of the decision,
the mind, is perpetuated by such exertions.
The ostensible purpose of all meditation
is the cessation of thinking or conceptualization,
but this can never be achieved by any entity
because an entity is itself the thinking process.
A deep understanding of this truth, however may
itself lead to a spontaneous fasting of the mind,
whereby thought ceases effortlessly on its own.
As would a clock cease......
whose winding has been allowed
to run down.