futerko wrote:I guess you need to practice separating your thoughts from your "being distracted" - to let the thoughts go where they want without getting caught up in them and conditioned by them.
Hard to be more specific without knowing what type of practices you do.
Very, very hard to do.
One thing Buddhism has shown me is the extent to which I identify with my mind.
But lately I've noticed how much suffering is wrapped up in the unsubdued mind.
I'm trying to follow the breath, but sometimes the distractions feel relentless, like a mental assault.
I have a really deep appreciation for how they aren't me or mine, little bastards coming out of nowhere!
My practice right now is an hour of breath meditation in the morning. I've recently started experimenting with body scanning, but only a few times.
Then a 40-minute metta practice where I generate metta for every house/person/animal I see on a walk.
In the evening, usually an hour of walking meditation.
Aside from that, nothing really. I've been kind of a wanderer between the different traditions, not sure where to delve deeper.
I can definitely tell restlessness is the biggest hindrance right now, so my practice has been in the concentration or breath type meditations for about two years.
Not sure much has changed, but I know these kinds of changes are really hard to notice on your own.
Thanks for reading and sharing your insight