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Losing It

General discussion of issues related to Theravada Meditation, e.g. meditation postures, developing a regular sitting practice, skillfully relating to difficulties and hindrances, etc.
JustThis
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Losing It

Postby JustThis » Tue Jan 10, 2012 3:20 pm

One of the things that I have always found fascinating about meditation is what I call "losing it". I am sure that everyone here is familiar with it, you're sitting there in touch with your meditation object and you 'lose it', you slip into 'la la land'. What's interesting is that you never see yourself leave the present moment/meditation object, you only realize that you have lost it when you 'snap back' into the present. With that in mind I am wondering if anyone has any experience or has ever tried this device, it's called Play Attention and was designed for use with ADD or ADHD. It uses a computer and a sensor that you strap on your arm (latest model) to monitor your brainwaves, you then use your attention to direct an object on the screen. If you 'lose it' you lose control of the object. If it wasn't so expensive I would give it a try.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5Ew-OMfQXTU

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Re: Losing It

Postby daverupa » Tue Jan 10, 2012 4:37 pm


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Re: Losing It

Postby chownah » Wed Jan 11, 2012 2:47 am

Your idea reminds me of stories about Zen masters hitting their students when they appear to be "losing it"....but my view is that being aware of how one "finds it" after one has "lost it" may help in learning about ones own inclinations and so perhaps it is better to go through the entire process alone......but I have no reference to support this...it is just my view on the matter so I very well may be wrong....
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Ben
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Re: Losing It

Postby Ben » Wed Jan 11, 2012 3:40 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: Losing It

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JustThis
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Re: Losing It

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