Unconventional Activities Practitioners Find Useful

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Unconventional Activities Practitioners Find Useful

Postby M.G. » Wed Jun 26, 2013 3:48 pm

One of the greatest exercises in mindfulness I've done was buying a car and beginning a regular practice of driving. (Didn't get a license untl late in life, so driving was not a reflex I developed in my youth.) I've found urban nighttime driving in particular a very good way for taming the chattering mind.

How about you?
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Re: Unconventional Activities Practitioners Find Useful

Postby Jikan » Wed Jun 26, 2013 4:39 pm

I intentionally put myself in situations that are harmless but still make me uncomfortable. Examples:

*crowds. don't like crowds.

*gender-inappropriate retail stores (I'm a somewhat scruffy dude, so imagine me taking my time playing at shopping for high-end women's perfume)

*contexts in which I'm the only white guy, or the only Buddhist, or the only one who doesn't speak the local language, &c

*anything that feels formal or stuffy

What's interesting is that after a while I get comfortable in these situations and have to find other buttons in myself to push. My next idea is to go to a gun show or a "Tea Party" event.


Brilliant idea for a thread, by the way.
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Re: Unconventional Activities Practitioners Find Useful

Postby Seishin » Wed Jun 26, 2013 5:19 pm

I chant in my car and call it my "hondo-on-wheels"!

I guess that's about it... :shrug:
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Re: Unconventional Activities Practitioners Find Useful

Postby Ayu » Wed Jun 26, 2013 5:26 pm

Ah, a very good question!

Since i climb towers althogh i have a little bit vertigo (shaking knees, feeling to fall, cold sweat) i even have no fear of spiders anymore. :tongue:
But i have to keep on practicing this from time to time...

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Re: Unconventional Activities Practitioners Find Useful

Postby M.G. » Wed Jun 26, 2013 8:27 pm

Informal conversation can actually be a mindfulness practice, in my experience. Really listening to others is a great way to work on self-grasping.
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