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Daily life meditation

General discussion of issues related to Theravada Meditation, e.g. meditation postures, developing a regular sitting practice, skillfully relating to difficulties and hindrances, etc.
phalaris
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Daily life meditation

Postby phalaris » Wed Apr 11, 2012 1:17 pm

At the moment I'm reading: The Collected Teachings of Ajahn Chah Vol 1 - Daily Life Practice. I'm really enjoying this book because Ajahn Chah presents the teachings in a very clear way which really seems to touch me.

The master emphasises moment to moment meditation. This approach makes the perfect sense to me as I don't see much benefit in formal medidation if you can't apply it to your daily life. So I try to do moment to moment meditation as much as I can, but I find it extremely hard most of the time. I just seem to be caried away by things very easily. My job is pretty stressful and requires constant attention. While working I get anxious and loose my patience quite often. When this happens it's even harder to keep up with meditation.

My question is about the technique itself. As far as I understand Ajahn Chah (like many other teachers) emphasizes mindfulness as a daily meditation technique. So basically being aware of what's going on at present moment and knowing it without getting lost in it. I find that very hard to do, all the things that are going on just overwhelms me and I get lost. Of course at some point I notice that and I try to reestablish my mindfulness but in a split second the wave of thoughts and feelings caries me away again. So I end up frustrated and pretty exhausted because of all that effort and just give up. Next morning I try again just to give up in the afternoon or so. I noticed that I find it a bit easier if I just try to follow my breath rather than being aware of everything that happens around me. Of course I don't concentrate on it 100%, but just as much as I can in any given situation. That way I seem to have some sort of a balance point. However that sort of practice doesn't feel like a proper mindfulness because by concentrating on my breath I'm excluding things rather than being aware of them. So is this breath following practice a good thing to do or am I just running away from reality?

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kirk5a
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Re: Daily life meditation

Postby kirk5a » Wed Apr 11, 2012 1:36 pm

"When one thing is practiced & pursued, ignorance is abandoned, clear knowing arises, the conceit 'I am' is abandoned, latent tendencies are uprooted, fetters are abandoned. Which one thing? Mindfulness immersed in the body." -AN 1.230

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Re: Daily life meditation

Postby Sarva » Wed Apr 11, 2012 1:45 pm

Hi Phalaris
I like Krik's response too.
I am not familiar with the book, but I would suggest using an anchor, such as bringing attention back to your hands (or breath), each time you find you are feeling under pressure or have simply forgotten to practice. It will become stronger and easier overtime, try to enjoy doing it now rather than considering how much time it will take to get better or how often you have forgotten today (these are just thoughts and not practice which is your goal). The path is the goal, keep treading it :) Just keep bringing your attention back to the same location and that will help improve awareness of other factors too e.g. the room, the light, your ideas shouting for attention, people, the job at hand. It will pay-off.
“Both formerly & now, it is only stress that I describe, and the cessation of stress.” — SN 22:86

phalaris
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Re: Daily life meditation

Postby phalaris » Wed Apr 11, 2012 2:14 pm


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Re: Daily life meditation

Postby bodom » Wed Apr 11, 2012 2:21 pm

See here:

Chapter 15

Meditation In Everyday Life

http://www.urbandharma.org/udharma4/mpe15.html

:smile:

:anjali:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: Daily life meditation

Postby Sarva » Wed Apr 11, 2012 2:26 pm

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“Both formerly & now, it is only stress that I describe, and the cessation of stress.” — SN 22:86

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Re: Daily life meditation

Postby santa100 » Wed Apr 11, 2012 2:27 pm

Mindfulness of the breath is a wonderful training. Keep doing it and don't worry about all that reality avoiding stuff. Our brain is more than capable of being both mindful of the breath and whatever the task you have at hand. Remember that mindfulness of the breath training WILL increase your overall awareness and cognitive ability over time, not decreasing them. So, enjoy and keep on training..

phalaris
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Re: Daily life meditation

Postby phalaris » Wed Apr 11, 2012 4:30 pm

Thank you so much for great advices, it made my mind calmer for now :bow:

All the best for you in your practice :buddha1:

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Re: Daily life meditation

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Re: Daily life meditation

Postby icyteru » Tue May 08, 2012 4:43 pm

first you must calm your mind, not thinking about past, future, and inner talks every time every day. :anjali:
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