MaitriYNOD wrote:This is a recurring obstacle that I'm sure many people can relate to. There's a particular part of my mind that likes to play certain songs over and over and over again that I don't seem to be able to silence with Shamatha, even as other facets of my mind calm down. I usually end up doing the practice (in this case, ngondro) while gently ignoring whatever arbitrary piece of music plays alongside them, and making a conscious decision to place my attention on the practice at hand. This seems to work out well, but I imagine the practice can be taken deeper in actual silence. Has anyone discovered any sneaky tricks to quiet the musical part of the mind?
Sometimes if I look directly at it it will cease for a bit.
I've found that during Shamatha, I cannot quiet it, only choose not to focus on it as you are. Moving into more of a vipassana deal though, if I can "see" it clearly, sometimes it will kind of morph into whatever the next object of awareness ends up being, and so is gone for a bit.
Are you a musician? it's really hard when you are, especially if you have been working on something for a while heh, I usually take a break with a bit of silence beforehand for just this reason.
"Just as a lotus does not grow out of a well-levelled soil but from the mire, in the same way the awakening mind
is not born in the hearts of disciples in whom the moisture of attachment has dried up. It grows instead in the hearts of ordinary sentient beings who possess in full the fetters of bondage." -Se Chilbu Choki Gyaltsen