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What has helped your concentration the most? - Dhamma Wheel

What has helped your concentration the most?

General discussion of issues related to Theravada Meditation, e.g. meditation postures, developing a regular sitting practice, skillfully relating to difficulties and hindrances, etc.
Digity
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What has helped your concentration the most?

Postby Digity » Sat Dec 10, 2016 4:32 am

I'm not pleased with the current level of concentration I've developed. I feel as though it can be better and that I'm not taking care of the necessary conditions to improve it. It has felt pretty stagnant for a long while now. I'd like to get some feedback on what lifestyle changes you can make to help improve concentration when you sit formally.

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Re: What has helped your concentration the most?

Postby paul » Sat Dec 10, 2016 5:46 am

When you keep bringing your concentration back to the meditation subject, it has to be interesting to do so, meaning your meditation subject must suit your temperament. There are 40 subjects covering different fields of experience including the body, perception of external objects and social attitudes.
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Re: What has helped your concentration the most?

Postby SarathW » Sat Dec 10, 2016 6:35 am

Faith!
The first step of the faith is to seriously looking at observing five precepts.
Does not matter you break five precepts but try hard to no to do so.
At least in the initial stage, level of your concentration is equal to your level of virtues. (Sila)
“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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Re: What has helped your concentration the most?

Postby Mkoll » Sat Dec 10, 2016 5:29 pm

SN 47.8 comes to mind: the simile of the cook. Finding a wholesome object that the mind delights in at the time gives rise to joy and then some concentration.
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa
Namo tassa bhagavato arahato samma sambuddhassa

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Re: What has helped your concentration the most?

Postby dhammarelax » Sat Dec 10, 2016 5:58 pm

Even if the flesh & blood in my body dry up, leaving just the skin, tendons, & bones, I will use all my human firmness, human persistence and human striving. There will be no relaxing my persistence until I am the first of my generation to attain full awakening in this lifetime. ed. AN 2.5

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Re: What has helped your concentration the most?

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Re: What has helped your concentration the most?

Postby dhammarelax » Sun Dec 11, 2016 6:08 pm

Even if the flesh & blood in my body dry up, leaving just the skin, tendons, & bones, I will use all my human firmness, human persistence and human striving. There will be no relaxing my persistence until I am the first of my generation to attain full awakening in this lifetime. ed. AN 2.5

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Re: What has helped your concentration the most?

Postby Laurens » Thu Dec 22, 2016 9:51 am

Oddly for me it comes when I get less hung up on concentrating. If I sit with an attitude of "I have GOT TO concentrate now" my mind tends to go "no thanks" and I end up with little to no consistent concentration. If I sit with an attitude of "sometimes I will lose my meditation object, sometimes I won't. It's fine. Meditation doesn't always go well." I tend to be less hard on myself for losing concentration. Eventually distractions occur but take a backseat before sometimes vanishing entirely.

And if I'm really distracted I just let it be and try to watch the storm. I think an overly strict on yourself attitude to concentration is a big hindrance to it.
"For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring."

Carl Sagan

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Re: What has helped your concentration the most?

Postby dhammarelax » Thu Dec 22, 2016 9:57 am

Even if the flesh & blood in my body dry up, leaving just the skin, tendons, & bones, I will use all my human firmness, human persistence and human striving. There will be no relaxing my persistence until I am the first of my generation to attain full awakening in this lifetime. ed. AN 2.5

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Re: What has helped your concentration the most?

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Re: What has helped your concentration the most?

Postby Laurens » Fri Dec 23, 2016 9:33 am

Another thing that helps with mindfulness in general is to treat everything like its the first time you've ever done it. Look at the breath (and everything else) like it is a new and interesting experience. We've all been breathing our whole lives, its easy to view all breaths as the same. Viewing each one as something new and unique helps to keep your attention there.

The same goes for the act of brushing your teeth or drinking or anything. Do it as though you've never gone through those motions before and you will automatically be more mindful.
"For me, it is far better to grasp the Universe as it really is than to persist in delusion, however satisfying and reassuring."

Carl Sagan

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Re: What has helped your concentration the most?

Postby alchemist_ » Sat Dec 24, 2016 5:06 pm

:candle: alchemist :candle:

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Re: What has helped your concentration the most?

Postby ganegaar » Mon Dec 26, 2016 12:25 am

"Sati-sampajanno" in daily life, as described in Satipattana Sutta, is advised to me by almost all of my meditation teachers!, and it does really help.
Sīlepatiṭṭhāya naro sapañño, cittaṃ paññañca bhāvayaṃ;
Ātāpī nipako bhikkhu, so imaṃ vijaṭaye jaṭanti.


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