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concentration and numbness : question

General discussion of issues related to Theravada Meditation, e.g. meditation postures, developing a regular sitting practice, skillfully relating to difficulties and hindrances, etc.
delora
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concentration and numbness : question

Postby delora » Tue Jan 04, 2011 9:37 am

I was wondering whether the qualities (particularly calm) that come with a concentrated mind, are often confused with feeling numb, or repressed? Or is this just a result of penetrating deeper into one's experience - the peripherals and texture of sensations get blotted out, and you are left with a core? (if that makes sense).

For instance, when breathing, I find the more concentrated I am - the more I am aware of the presence of breath, or absence - but I do not focus so much on the feeling of it, ie, its texture, feeling, temperature etc. is this standard in concentration practise?

I guess this is similar to the argument that having a more reactive mind, can make you feel 'more alive'. I know artists who think work on ideas like these. But I am wondering whether I am actually practising concentration, or simply repressing or numbing other sensations and occurrences in the mind..

nathan
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Re: concentration and numbness : question

Postby nathan » Tue Jan 04, 2011 2:06 pm

But whoever walking, standing, sitting, or lying down overcomes thought, delighting in the stilling of thought: he's capable, a monk like this, of touching superlative self-awakening. § 110. {Iti 4.11; Iti 115}


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