archaic wrote: ↑
Mon Nov 20, 2017 4:51 am
Crazy cloud wrote: ↑
Sun Nov 19, 2017 6:47 pm
archaic wrote: ↑
Sun Nov 19, 2017 5:29 pm
This is a good concept. Perhaps you can elaborate on how you do this. Is it specifically watching for hunger as the cue which permits you to eat?
So like mentioned above, it follows the same pattern as other hindrances do when experienced: As long as I, me and mine are gone, then meditation goes on by itself
Hope this can make some sense, and many apologies if not
As I am understanding you, It sounds like you have been cultivating a constant samatha and it has been very beneficial to you....
Glad to say that you understood me right. The result one gets is based on long and for some "very long and boring practice". And to pinpoint exactly what happened before results shows up is quite complicated, because when one starts trying to recall the whole process it always sounds more difficult than it actually was experienced to be when it actually happened. The best one can say is that the teaching is true, and that it constitutes of eight different aspekts, and all of them has to be active and in place for keeping necessary mental balance
I am not yet at that stage! But thankfully I do get very deep and prolonged undistracted meditations.
That is nice to hear
I have a few of them myself, but have learned that when it comes to keeping my type of person happy enough to practice 24/7, I have to both challenge myself in real life and alternate between different ways of meditating. Maybe my type likes to have it proven several times before it lets go .. When I do fasting i usually do it during work periods (3 - 4 days and nights in a row). And then I get colleagues working with to help me by giving me feedback if they notice some negative results occurring from this particular training metode.
Actually when I think about it now, I cant say what has been most useful; sometimes a long formal meditation is what does the trick and other times is those sudden drop downs into stillness
(maybe just for a minute or so ..) during a normal day is enough.
During daily activities when not meditating (and in dreams) my mind wanders frequently to things like food, family, and mundane concerns. When I notice this I go back to focus on the breath, body-scans, or awareness of thoughts and feelings. I try to avoid situations which lessen the calm state. As I progress I would like to work towards developing a constant relaxed awareness, similar to yours.
If you see your mind wanders frequently during daily activities, I would say that you are mindful enough and actually at least in a meditative kind of mode
. I am doing the same thing, and often there are also enough time to become still and look more closely at particular experiences. I also use the four foundations for calming down, but has also included "sound of silence" (Ajahn Sumedho) into the daily toolkit. An important detail when it comes to being relaxed and happy enough is that I m quite done with the world, so I hardly miss anything at all from the same place. And when normal people find me both odd and weird in my alternativ thinking, then it doesn't bother me at all and I dont even care to argue against their arguments and whatever ...
When it comes to avoiding stuff, i do think that sometimes it is best to take them head on ... When i do fasting I also sign up for being the chef during work period, and that is because I like to see how the mind reacts in different situations so that the result isn't solely based on making special conditions.
Like to say a bit more about how I use intuitiv awareness and listening to the heart
: Whenever i notice that something resonates deep inside (, I try to find ut what it is, and then follow that lead. And many many times I have to say that I would never have done it if I was controlling all of this I call wandering the path
- I just close off for the controller
and trust that which resonates and keep wandering on till it gets there ...
Edit nov 21: Hi again - forgot to mention that this practice has also resulted in an instant change of diet from "normal" to vegetarian