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Daily life

Postby YouthThunder » Fri Apr 06, 2012 5:19 pm

So what do you think when you walk around ,sit on the bus,going from one place to the other,go to the toilet..................? I find it kinda boring and my mind tend to wander around ,but what about you guys?(mindfulness?)
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Re: Daily life

Postby daverupa » Fri Apr 06, 2012 6:20 pm

On a good (kusala) day:

YouthThunder wrote:So what do you think when you walk around


"walking"

YouthThunder wrote:sit on the bus


"sitting"

YouthThunder wrote:going from one place to the other


"going forward", "going back"

YouthThunder wrote:go to the toilet..................?


"voiding"

YouthThunder wrote:I find it kinda boring and my mind tend to wander around


Boredom is dukkha rooted in light aversion, it seems to me, and a great opening for insight. The normal stream of chit-chat in the mind drops off through anapanasati practice, and an overarching silence becomes first preferable, then habitual. This carries into the practice of awareness, as above - as the practice continues for me, the quoted bits are less spoken phrases per se, more akin to punctuation marks (if that makes any sense to you).

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    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting oneself one protects others? By the pursuit, development, and cultivation of the four establishments of mindfulness. It is in such a way that by protecting oneself one protects others.

    "And how is it, bhikkhus, that by protecting others one protects oneself? By patience, harmlessness, goodwill, and sympathy. It is in such a way that by protecting others one protects oneself.
- Sedaka Sutta [SN 47.19]
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Re: Daily life

Postby bodom » Fri Apr 06, 2012 10:27 pm

Hi YouthThunder

I highly recommend reading this short chapter from Bhante Gunaratana's now classic meditation manual Mindfulness In Plain English:

Chapter 15

Meditation In Everyday Life

http://www.urbandharma.org/udharma4/mpe15.html

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The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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Re: Daily life

Postby cooran » Fri Apr 06, 2012 10:48 pm

Thanks bodom! Good link.

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Re: Daily life

Postby Yana » Sat Apr 07, 2012 12:29 am

jeez..i know right.It feels great when your looking forward to be mindful but i've had trouble with boredom as well..most of the time i just start listening to music to kill time. It will take me awhile to get used to it.
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Re: Daily life

Postby Ferox » Sat Apr 07, 2012 9:52 pm

I've come to notice through mindfulness that as soon as I need to go to the bathroom for an extended period I will reach right for my iphone without conscious thought.. now that I notice it I do it a lot less and I do what the buddha taught, being mindful at all times, even in the toilet.


In this world we are ever more and more " plugged in" to information that we are overloaded with and become attached to, crave for.. we " go against the flow" when we observe the reasons and mental states behind the physical actions and we are able to be in the present moment and observe.. boredom doesn't exist in the present moment.
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Re: Daily life

Postby YouthThunder » Sat Apr 07, 2012 10:46 pm

bodom wrote:Hi YouthThunder

I highly recommend reading this short chapter from Bhante Gunaratana's now classic meditation manual Mindfulness In Plain English:

Chapter 15

Meditation In Everyday Life

http://www.urbandharma.org/udharma4/mpe15.html

:anjali:


tl;dr,can you give me a summary?Thnks.
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Re: Daily life

Postby bodom » Sat Apr 07, 2012 10:57 pm

YouthThunder wrote:
bodom wrote:Hi YouthThunder

I highly recommend reading this short chapter from Bhante Gunaratana's now classic meditation manual Mindfulness In Plain English:

Chapter 15

Meditation In Everyday Life

http://www.urbandharma.org/udharma4/mpe15.html

:anjali:


tl;dr,can you give me a summary?Thnks.


Hi YouthThunder

If you are really interested in learning how to practice meditation in daily life then it would be in your best interest to put the effort in to reading the whole chapter. It is not that long and a short summary would not do justice to Bhante G's wonderfuly helpful advice contained within.

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Re: Daily life

Postby YouthThunder » Sat Apr 07, 2012 11:30 pm

Yeah,I ended reading it anyway,but isn;t such attention to daily life details make it awkward during social situations?A bit too conscious during interactions with other people often lead to somewhat awkward conversations imo.I also have a bad habit of praising myself(in my mind,its almost automatic) whenever I do certain things right,does not seem to sit well with mindfulness I guess? :candle:

Do you medatate while you are on the bed,preparing to sleep,if so about what?
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