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Lacking Samvega/motivation

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Lacking Samvega/motivation

Postby Ryan95227 » Sat Jul 04, 2015 8:03 pm

Hi, Im back from college and currently in house. Staying at home and playing games with friends is really making me guilty. Ever since i got home, i've gotten so lazy and have been just playing games and doing nothing. I stopped meditating and practicing mindfulness. I've stopped reading books. Sigh. So I've been purposely watching corpses rot and people dying brutually. Idk if this is the correct method for me but I'm just trying to ask you guys on what i can do to be motivated again. Also is watching those gore videos potentially bad for one? I've been pretty depressed after watching them a lot. It makes me question why life gotta be this way and just makes me hopeless. Well it does also make me rather motivated to stop doing pleasure inducing activites and focusing on practices thast put an end to this debilitating thought

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Re: Lacking Samvega/motivation

Postby befriend » Sat Jul 04, 2015 11:17 pm

you could contemplate the extreme rarity of being reborn as a human. be grateful you have this body that can allow you to do good deeds you never know when you will be human again. and also contemplate the 5 remembrances I am of the nature to grow old, there is no way to escape growing old, i am of the nature to have ill health there is no way to escape having ill health. i am of the nature to die there is no way to escape death. all that is dear to me and everyone i love are of the nature to change there is no way to escape being separated from them, my actions are my only true belongings, i cannot escape the consequences of my actions. my actions are the ground on which i stand.
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Re: Lacking Samvega/motivation

Postby ihrjordan » Sun Jul 05, 2015 3:37 am

Samvegga arises in me every time I have the unpleasant occasion of arguing with family or when the elements go according to their nature and not according to what I might have them, it makes me think "Wow you are really an idiot to think that that which is outside of you can be relied upon..." And then I usually get back to my practice.

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Re: Lacking Samvega/motivation

Postby Ben » Sun Jul 05, 2015 4:19 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Lacking Samvega/motivation

Postby LXNDR » Sun Jul 05, 2015 8:09 am

the natural course of life in due time will give an answer which revives the motivation

sometimes psyche just needs a break

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Re: Lacking Samvega/motivation

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Re: Lacking Samvega/motivation

Postby seeker242 » Sun Jul 05, 2015 11:25 am

Going to a temple and connecting with other Buddhists, especially Buddhist monks, I find is VERY motivating! :smile:

Going on a meditation retreat is also very motivating. :meditate:

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Re: Lacking Samvega/motivation

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Re: Lacking Samvega/motivation

Postby ieee23 » Sun Jul 05, 2015 2:23 pm

Another quick thought.

I believe that "samvega" means a sense of "urgency". That is not the same thing as motivation. Many people shut down under pressure. A lot of research has shown that the carrot, rather than the stick creates much more motivation. Rewards rather than punishment. Moving towards happiness, instead of away from pain. Get in touch with how you feel after you meditate. Think of the things that meditation does for you. Use those thoughts to generate happy motivation.

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Re: Lacking Samvega/motivation

Postby Alexander____ » Thu Jul 16, 2015 8:15 am

Good blog post over on Tricycle by Thanissaro Bhikkhu on samvega and pasada:

http://www.tricycle.com/blog/lost-capitulation

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Re: Lacking Samvega/motivation

Postby Subharo » Fri Oct 02, 2015 10:46 pm

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Two books: "Data and Goliath", and "The Road"

Postby Subharo » Fri Oct 02, 2015 10:59 pm

Subharo Bhikkhu
"There is but one taste on this path, the taste of freedom" -The Buddha :buddha1:

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Re: Lacking Samvega/motivation

Postby Dhammanando » Sat Oct 03, 2015 12:01 am

Jasper Carrott on "How much time have I got left?"



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Re: Lacking Samvega/motivation

Postby Subharo » Sat Oct 03, 2015 11:20 am

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Re: Lacking Samvega/motivation

Postby Digity » Tue Oct 06, 2015 3:14 am

Here are the things I'd reflect on.

1) Precious human birth. You've gained an exceedingly rare birth as a human with knowledge of the Dhamma. This opportunity is not to be taken lightly. It's greater than winning the lottery, but you can easily waste this opportunity. You need to cease the opportunity and fully establish yourself on the path. Your primary focus should be this. If you miss this chance then you'll greatly regret it.

2) Reflect on the effort the Buddha put into his awakening. The Buddha was unrelenting in his quest for awakening. There was nothing that was going to stop him. His effort was superb. When I would think about this and reflect on the Buddha's effort it motivated me to sit everyday. Before, I would struggle with sitting daily and felt lazy about it, but when I thought about the effort the Buddha put in then I would often feel embarrassed by my laziness and it pushed me to practice. So, just reflect on the Buddha and his qualities and see if that helps your motivation.

3) Finally, just the uncertainty of samsara. If you strive for stream-entry then you'll be safe, but otherwise you're leaving things to chance and you don't know what around the next corner. No amount of worldly pleasures comes even close to gaining stream-entry. That doesn't mean you have to cut out all the enjoyment in your life and just practice 24/7, but you certainly need to put some serious effort into it. You have enough sense to be interested in the Dhamma...now don't go half way and then turn around....reach the end of the path.


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