Umos wrote:thanks for the answer acinteyyo.
Umos wrote:Yes what you say is true. But the doubt about superman is not overcome. Is being mindful of doubt, only meant as being distracted from the doubt in some way?
You overcome doubts by knowing and seeing them for what they are. To see doubts for what they are you have to be mindful of doubts. It doesn't mean being distracted from doubt in some way. Quite the opposite!
MN10 - Satipatthana Sutta: The Foundations of Mindfulness wrote:How, monks, does a monk live contemplating mental objects in the mental objects of the five hindrances?
When doubt is present, he knows, "There is doubt in me," or when doubt is not present, he knows, "There is no doubt in me." He knows how the arising of the non-arisen doubt comes to be; he knows how the abandoning of the arisen doubt comes to be; and he knows how the non-arising in the future of the abandoned doubt comes to be.
With regards to the doubts about superman, you have to know when doubt is present: "there is doubt in me", or when doubt is not present: "There is no doubt in me". You have to know how the non-arisen doubt comes to be, how the abandoning of the arisen doubt comes to be, and he knows how the non-arising in the future of the abandoned doubt comes to be.
If you don't know it yet contemplate on it mindfully.
Umos wrote:If we stay mindful and focused by using a mantra on the doubt, then we can meditate on the doubting for days and weeks if we exclude the need to eat and drink.
Personally I wouldn't use a mantra. I prefer observing the object of meditation directly. But if a mantra helps you focusing on the object of meditation and it's beneficial to your practice then go for it.
I'm one of those who think that we don't need a special time or special practices to observe things. In the same way as we breathe while we're still able to do different tasks, we are able to observe and contemplate any phenomena in the present moment while doing what we do living life. But of course, sitting still supports a more accurate observation.
best wishes, acinteyyo