When quieting the mind, are you still in touch with conscience, the part of you that allows you to distinguish between right and wrong? For example, there are things I wish I could do (that are not good for me), but my conscience keeps me doing the right thing. If my mind grows completely still, will I have to be constantly asking myself if certain things are right or wrong?
First, understand this: a quiet mind is perfect safety because nothing can enter into it (to "tempt" one) that isn't announced. Now, here's a short explanation. The more quiet the mind becomes, the truer it reflects those levels of conscience from which we are given access and insight into what's true and what is not; so have no concerns that you might lose something should your mind become too still. Think of a high mountain lake and the white clouds it reflects in its still blue waters. Can those waters ever be too still, or is the beauty they reflect enhanced by the stillness that reflects it? This is your answer.