SN 46.53: Aggi Sutta wrote:In the same way, monks, on any occasion when the mind is sluggish, that is the right time to develop analysis of qualities as a factor for awakening, persistence as a factor for awakening, rapture as a factor for awakening.
In the same way, monks, when the mind is restless, that is the right time to develop calm as a factor for awakening, concentration as a factor for awakening, equanimity as a factor for awakening.
As for mindfulness, I tell you, that serves every purpose.
standard monkey mind stuff...
...I was just wandering if anyone had any tricks for developing concentration
robdog wrote:Hey guys:)
I have been meditating now seriously for around 12 months, i sometimes feel like im not getting much out of it but then i only have to look at me now as a person compared to what i was like 12 months ago to see that is not the case as i have changed for the better in so many ways. I currently just sit and watch the breath using "Buddho" mantra.
What i am finding though in my 30 minute sitting is that most of the time within 5 minutes or so i am pretty much focused on the breath and start to feel nice and relaxed, this lasts for around 10 minutes and feels great but then my mind starts on me, it can be any sort of thought, some really weird and strange, others that are things from my past or concerns about my future etc, standard monkey mind stuff. I find it very hard to just sit through them so to speak and not get involved, they seem to sort of for want of a better word possess my mind. I find this carries on for much of the rest of my sitting.
I do understand i need to be patient and i am trying to develop my practice away from the cushion but i was just wandering if anyone had any tricks for developing concentration or is it simply a case of just trying to be more mindful and keep going back to the breath everytime i catch myself wandering?
Ive always had problems with an overactive mind to be fair and i am trying not to get frustrated by it as it simply is what it is but if there are any tips it would be greatly appreciated it.
Thanks for your time:)
I have seen the simile of the cup before, i guess it is the letting go aspect i have real trouble with, i tend to cling very strongly. I will persevere and read the scriptures you have given me. I will also work more on being peaceful and calm off the cushion too as i think this will only benefit my meditation practice further.
I maybe think i am being slightly impatient too, i have changed so much in the last 12 months i must be doing something right.
"In the same way, Sona, over-aroused persistence leads to restlessness(monkey mind), overly slack persistence leads to laziness. Thus you should determine the right pitch for your persistence, attunethe pitch of the [five] faculties [to that], and there pick up your theme."
"Even if powerful forms cognizable by the eye come into the visual range of a monk whose mind is thus rightly released, his mind is neither overpowered nor even engaged. Being still, having reached imperturbability, he focuses on their passing away. And even if powerful sounds... aromas... flavors... tactile sensations... Even if powerful ideas cognizable by the intellect come into the mental range of a monk whose mind is thus rightly released, his mind is neither overpowered nor even engaged. Being still, having reached imperturbability, he focuses on their passing away.
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