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Post  Khephra on Sat Feb 20, 2010 1:18 pm

Via Urban Monk:

How to Meditate: What you didnít know about Empty Mind Techniques and your bliss: Obstacles in Empty Mind meditation

These are some of the obstacles that Iíve personally met or been told about in my practice.

Frustration. This was covered in the meditation description, but is so common that it is worth describing again. Many people donít like empty mind meditation because they approach it the wrong way, and that causes frustration. Be careful that you are not fighting your thoughts or making them wrong. This makes them actually stay in your consciousness even more. Bring your attention back to your breath or on the body feeling, let your thoughts float by without focusing on them, and they will stop intruding with time and practice.

Giving up. Many people try out meditation as a way of dealing with their negativity. They want to reduce their rage, get out of depression, or stop their anxiety. This, in itself, can add another layer to their unhappiness.

What do I mean by this? Empty mind meditation can be hard initially; even more so if your thoughts and emotions are already raging from the negativity. You feel like youíre wrestling a raging bull Ė the more negative you are the stronger the bull is. Your frustration about not being able to still your mind or relax your emotions adds another layer on top of your existing unhappiness.

All I can suggest is to keep at it, for the benefits are well-worth it. Forgive yourself if you fail. Remember that any skill is always the hardest when you begin. You make the most mistakes when you begin. Donít get frustrated over failure, stop the session and return to it at the next scheduled time (remember the morning and night recommendation).

How do you stop thinking? Some people say that it is impossible not to think. If that is the case, donít throw this form out the window; the benefits are too awesome to miss. Just think of it as training your concentration. Youíre not stopping your thoughts, but instead moving your thoughts to your feelings or your breath. This takes attention off your anxieties, worries, and unhappiness, which will die out slowly.

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Post  Leary on Wed Apr 21, 2010 6:02 pm

Formerly the typical A type my mind was forever in overdrive... now I can turn it on or off at will. A great byproduct is now I fall asleep before the filament in the light-bulb losses current.

What did it for me? Awareness of my tongue and tension in my jaw. Whenever your mind is racing you will invariably find your tongue is locked to the roof of your mouth and or your jaw is tense. Learning to relax my jaw and let my tongue lay on the floor of my mouth has ended the racing mind... to turn it back on do the opposite.

The thoughts that enter, the wanderings of attention in the initial stages of learning to meditate respond best to gentle re-direction. Give no energy to struggle or frustration simply relax deeply and let your attention/focus return to your chosen focal point be it your breath, heart beat, a spot on the wall... what ever. Be kind to self, forgive the wandering but also be consistent in your gentle re-direction. In time you won't succumb to the belief that you are missing something (over there). Your mind is used to being like the Windows operating system... the second you aren't running an app the free resources get recruited for some vital (not) process... and like Windows it sometimes interrupts your work with useless attention to a ridiculous task. Unlike Windows you will in time gain complete control over your operating system. Patience and consistency reap the rewards. Be firm in your attentive consistency but gentle in your handling. You are letting go in a sense but not casting yourself adrift... in time your intent will steer the boat, but until then it is you captain.

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Post  ramkishore on Sat Jul 17, 2010 10:49 am

Leary wrote:
Awareness of my tongue and tension in my jaw. Whenever your mind is racing you will invariably find your tongue is locked to the roof of your mouth and or your jaw is tense. Learning to relax my jaw and let my tongue lay on the floor of my mouth has ended the racing mind... to turn it back on do the opposite.

This is a must lesson for everyone i guess..

Few questions...

what is awareness then? when should it be used? and how to master it?


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Post  Vagabond Soul on Wed Nov 17, 2010 7:52 am

Leary wrote:
Whenever your mind is racing you will invariably find your tongue is locked to the roof of your mouth and or your jaw is tense. Learning to relax my jaw and let my tongue lay on the floor of my mouth has ended the racing mind... to turn it back on do the opposite.

Very interesting point.


ramkishore wrote:
what is awareness then? when should it be used? and how to master it?

I see awareness as the complete attention one has. This process inevitably can be used always, though is a slow evolution to get there.

I personally am not at such a point, though I have seen glimpses of it. It can be seen in a personal who has gone past the processes of the mind, and there body and awareness is 'in the moment' becoming a first, rather then second nature.

A teacher of mine over a decade ago, spoke of such awareness. His came after some 15 years of Taoist Tia Chi. Also another mentor I've had, through meditation, training from the Zen Buddhist monks, spoke of the mediation of every action (meditation being a tool first to awaken such awareness and a steadfast being, then each moment and interaction eventually coming from such a place).

I believe the key being regular time initially, even 5min a day. In such away there is more likelihood that the practice will be continued and be of lasting benefit.
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Post  Whitewolf on Sat Nov 20, 2010 4:15 pm

These are great descriptions of meditation, of becoming (aware). I think one of the most important developments in the process - which has been at the forefront of my attention during my years of sitting and moving meditation - has been the development of tolerance, for me and eventually of other people. Meditation is a great antidote for bigotry. I'm still struggling with it sometimes...
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Post  Vagabond Soul on Mon Nov 22, 2010 11:34 pm

Whitewolf wrote: the most important development in the process .... tolerance, for me and eventually of other people.

A good insight, I never thought of it like that thanks. :-)
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