Hello there, allow me to share a little bit of background. I've been meditating for maybe a year now, and although I'm certainly no master, I am at a comfortable level that I know well; I haven't experienced a huge amount of progress in the last couple months, but there has a definite improving of concentration, insight, etc. over time.
However, just in the last week or so, my concentration has just completely left me. I mean gone. I have no idea what has happened, but my last ten or so meditation sessions have been me just struggling to even keep my mind on one breath. My thoughts seem plagued by nonsensical tangents and bizarre interior vocalizations and distractions. Although, as I said, I was never a master, I certainly know that I have gone downhill in my practice recently.
I cannot locate any change in my life or practice that would have led to this. Can anyone offer some suggestions or clarification about the possible causes of a derailment of the meditation practice? I've made the confusion my meditation object and contemplated its impermanence and the evidence it presents for non-self, etc. but it's still quite the roadblock. Any advice, tips, or possible things I may be doing to bring this about?
Thanks for your help!
Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
censure and praise, pleasure and pain:
these conditions among human beings are inconstant,
impermanent, subject to change.
Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
ponders these changing conditions.
Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.
His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
gone to their end,
do not exist.
- Lokavipatti SuttaStuff I write about things.