managing the mind

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managing the mind

Post by befriend » Fri Feb 13, 2015 2:20 am

what do you do when you get a negative thought?
Take care of mindfulness and mindfulness will take care of you.

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Re: managing the mind

Post by culaavuso » Fri Feb 13, 2015 3:34 am

befriend wrote:what do you do when you get a negative thought?
MN 20: Vitakka­saṇṭhāna Sutta discusses five techniques for dealing with unskillful thoughts.

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Re: managing the mind

Post by Kim OHara » Fri Feb 13, 2015 4:12 am

Thanks, culaavuso.
There's a crucial first step, however, which both befriend and the sutta take for granted: recognising or identifying a thought as negative.
If we don't do that, we won't do anything at all to deal with our negative thought.
It all starts with mindfulness.

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Re: managing the mind

Post by pegembara » Fri Feb 13, 2015 5:14 am

What do you do when you get a negative thought?

Here is a modern take on managing negative thoughts by Byron Katie.

Step 1 Is it true? (Yes or no. If no, move to 3.)

Step 2 Can you absolutely know that it's true? (Yes or no.)

Step 3 How do you react, what happens, when you believe that thought?

Step 4 Who would you be without the thought?
And what is right speech? Abstaining from lying, from divisive speech, from abusive speech, & from idle chatter: This is called right speech.

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Re: managing the mind

Post by SarathW » Fri Feb 13, 2015 8:44 am

befriend wrote:what do you do when you get a negative thought?
Just be aware, that you have a negative thought.
Investigate whether it is wholesome , unwholesome.
If the negative thought is related to attachment to the object contemplate on Anicca, Dukkha and Anatta.
If the negative thought is related to aversion practice Brahama Vihara's towards the object.
Turn your mind away from the object and pay attention to your breath.
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“As the lamp consumes oil, the path realises Nibbana”

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Re: managing the mind

Post by befriend » Fri Feb 13, 2015 2:28 pm

if you google "clear comprehension and mindfulness ajahn sucitto" the forest newsletter will pop up, i would be thankful if anyone with more understanding than myself can read it and let me know if you think we are supposed to apply the method he describes to thoughts. thank you, metta befriend
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Re: managing the mind

Post by dhammarelax » Fri Feb 13, 2015 4:25 pm

befriend wrote:what do you do when you get a negative thought?
Hi befriend

I try to remember that all thoughts are friends not something I have to fight, if the thought is violating a precept I try to take the precept again, if its just part of a hindrance I try to observe how it arises and how it goes away,after is gone I relax, smile and come to my meditation object, the irradiation of equanimity or the mind.

If this is done correctly then the mind becomes more tranquil even sometimes progressing to the next jhana.

Smile all the time
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