bodom wrote: octathlon wrote:
What about music running through the mind? Thoughts are short--they rise and pass away quickly. But tunes in the mind can just go on and on continuously. I often have a real problem with this.
I have this problem as well. I just let it play out all the while watching it. Of course if the next song on the playlist comes up its time to hit the stop button.
My experience with all kinds of proliferation so on is that if the object is seen clearly then it tends to prevent proliferation. That's the basic instruction of Mahasi-style teachers (and most others as far as I can tell, but for "note" substitute "see it clearly", or whatever term your teacher uses).
- Student: X happened.
Teacher: Did you note it?
So suppose something comes up. For example a memory. The instruction would be to see/feel the memory clearly. If you do that successfully you see it arise, stay, and pass away. On the other hand, if you don't see it clearly for what it is, you start proliferating related memories and dialogue.
For example, you have memory of your childhood pet. If you recognise clearly that it is a memory
, it can be seen to rise, stay a while, and pass away. If you don't
see it clearly enough you'll get sucked into the content
and start thinking about running on the beach with your pet, swimming, where you spent that summer of 74, and on and on...
Or you feel some sadness. The instruction is to focus on the sadness. If you do that, you'll see it rise, stay a while, and pass away. Again, if you don't focus clearly on the sadness you'll get sucked into following the content: "I'm sad about what happened. Why did he/she do that? I'm going to tell him/her ..."