purple planet wrote:I am trying to take an oath that i will not hear music , not read newspapers ect ect .... and to do everything as much as possible to be as mindful as i can -
i did it once and it turned out good - but i stopped i really believe i need to take it to the extreme (without becoming a monk or going on a retreat) - and by extreme i mean no music or stuff for fun -
I want to do a ceremony so the oath will get stuck in my head - i dont want to take the percpects cause i still kill mosquitoes and i eat all day (i want to eat without the "fun" "greed" factor by eating only mindfuly and only healthy food)
- In short : what i would like to hear are intersting idea on how to take an oath - ways to make it memorable - i would take a "blood oath" - cut my hand to make it bleed a bit but i would defintly would like to heat some other good ideas like maybe to eat something ect any idea no matter how stupid is welcomed .....
I strongly advise against this idea.
There are lots of reasons and I'm sure many have already been covered above (don't have time to read it all now) but one really good one, is that it's kammically very unwholesome to break a strong vow, imho. Basically, I do not make such 'vows' anymore, because there is always the risk that one's resolve or even belief in why it is necessary to stick it out, will waver at some time in the future, and one might then break the vow. And, imho, it's better not to make a vow in the first place, than to make (even a noble) one, but then to break it.
Jus a little bit of advice gleaned from my own previous mistakes