retrofuturist wrote:Yes, those are the instances when I use the counting method. Rather than start again at 10 as might be customary, I just keep counting. Something in the mind twigs out about the futility of counting towards infinity, and the counting is naturally relinquished in favour of a state of calm. I find this happens usually at around 70.
I think the idea of couting up to 10 (or whatever) and back down again to 1 is that it helps keep your attention. It's very easy to count past 10 up to 70 or infinity by rote and be away with the fairies while you do it. At least if you realise you've gone past 10, or are counting forwards when you should be counting backwards, you've realised you haven't really been paying enough attention. Pretty cumbersome but a good baseline for your ability to maintain attention.
"Whenever we feel that we are definitely right, so much so that we refuse to open up to anything or anybody else, right there we are wrong. It becomes wrong view. When suffering arises, where does it arise from? The cause is wrong view, the fruit of that being suffering. If it was right view it wouldn't cause suffering." - Ajahn Chah
"Remember you dont meditate to get anything, but to get rid of things. We do it, not with desire, but with letting go. If you want anything, you wont find it." - Ajahn Chah