phalaris wrote: I noticed that I find it a bit easier if I just try to follow my breath rather than being aware of everything that happens around me.
Sarva wrote:Hi Phalaris
I like Krik's response too.
I am not familiar with the book, but I would suggest using an anchor, such as bringing attention back to your hands (or breath), each time you find you are feeling under pressure or have simply forgotten to practice. It will become stronger and easier overtime, try to enjoy doing it now rather than considering how much time it will take to get better or how often you have forgotten today (these are just thoughts and not practice which is your goal). The path is the goal, keep treading it Just keep bringing your attention back to the same location and that will help improve awareness of other factors too e.g. the room, the light, your ideas shouting for attention, people, the job at hand. It will pay-off.
phalaris wrote:Thank you both for your helpful responses.
When using an anchor, let's say bringing attention back to the breath, should I try to stay with it or should I let it go and practice "just doing" until I get lost again and repeat the process? I seem to feel better if I stay with it even if it's just 5% of my attention concentrated on it. However at the same time I start questioning myself isn't that avoiding reality? At least a little part of me wants to always stay in a warm place with my breath, so maybe I should look at it as some form of clinging rather than as an aid to my practice?
Let one not trace back the past Or yearn for the future-yet-to-come. That which is past is left behind Unattained is the "yet-to-come." But that which is present he discerns — With insight as and when it comes. The Immovable — the-non-irritable. In that state should the wise one grow Today itself should one bestir Tomorrow death may come — who knows? For no bargain can we strike With Death who has his mighty hosts. But one who dwells thus ardently By day, by night, untiringly Him the Tranquil Sage has called The Ideal Lover of Solitude. MN 131
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