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BAD DAY. Remind me what to do please?

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James the Giant
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BAD DAY. Remind me what to do please?

Postby James the Giant » Sat Aug 28, 2010 12:29 am

I'm having a very shitty day. Emotionally blue - tending to black. Feeling horribly down, wishing for cessation, but I know that this is impermanent, I'll be okay tomorrow or the next day.
On the upside, I'm aware of it. A couple of years ago I wouldn't have been aware, so the dhamma has given me that so far. Awareness at least.

But in the meantime, can someone remind me of what I'm supposed to do/focus on/be aware of/approach/etc, to make good use of this suffering.
I guess be aware of it... try to be aware of anicca, duhkka, anatta, in the experiences, in the negative thoughts, sad/angry emotions, aching, tired sensations, etc, a la the Satipatthana Sutta.

I'm sure I know or knew the answer to this one, but in the middle of this emotional turmoil I can't quite remember.

Thanks.
Then,
saturated with joy,
you will put an end to suffering and stress.

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Re: BAD DAY. Remind me what to do please?

Postby Mr. G » Sat Aug 28, 2010 12:40 am

metta meditation, and watching this:



:console:
Even if my body should be burnt to death
In the fires of hell,
I would endure it for myriad lifetimes
As your companion in practice
- Gandavyuha Sutra

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Re: BAD DAY. Remind me what to do please?

Postby lojong1 » Sat Aug 28, 2010 12:43 am

This has been going around for about a week. Forgive my first thought: walking medication through a cemetery, then an emergency ward, then a psych ward.
Psych patients are usually really friendly and helpful.
And FUNNY!
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Re: BAD DAY. Remind me what to do please?

Postby Vepacitta » Sat Aug 28, 2010 12:46 am

If you need relief and comfort - remember "this too shall pass". Same as all sabbe sankhara anicca -all fabrications - mental formations- are impermanent - they eventually cease.

If you can - and maybe you just can't - things might be too 'heavy' - I understand - try watching your thoughts - your mental formations - look at their beginning - watch the thought - see how long you can hold it until it just goes - it's not 'you' - it can't be held onto forever - watch the mind grasp it - notice when you 'forget' - there will be 'bubbles' of space between the obsessive thoughts.

Hoping tomorrow or the next day is a whole lot better,

V.
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Re: BAD DAY. Remind me what to do please?

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Re: BAD DAY. Remind me what to do please?

Postby Ben » Sat Aug 28, 2010 1:08 am

“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: BAD DAY. Remind me what to do please?

Postby alan » Sat Aug 28, 2010 2:42 am

Have a glass of wine and go to bed early. You'll feel better in the morning.

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Re: BAD DAY. Remind me what to do please?

Postby bodom » Sat Aug 28, 2010 2:52 am

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


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Re: BAD DAY. Remind me what to do please?

Postby samadhi_seeker » Sat Aug 28, 2010 3:28 am

Hey you are not alone!! I seem to be having a bad day too. Unsure what brings it on but a dissatisfaction with my current life usually does it. I can recognise that I am in this mood but struggle to work out how to get out of it. Hard to live in the present when the present isnt presenting itself well.

Good luck - peace!!

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Re: BAD DAY. Remind me what to do please?

Postby James the Giant » Sat Aug 28, 2010 4:12 am

Thanks for the suggestions and reminders of what I already knew, folks. It's good to have other people who can remind me of what the path is, when I've temporarily been blinded to it.
Went and meditated an hour. Even in the midst of the inner turmoil I could still concentrate well, and so spent a good hour doing vipassana.
Then,
saturated with joy,
you will put an end to suffering and stress.

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Re: BAD DAY. Remind me what to do please?

Postby Ben » Sat Aug 28, 2010 4:16 am

Well done, James!
“No lists of things to be done. The day providential to itself. The hour. There is no later. This is later. All things of grace and beauty such that one holds them to one's heart have a common provenance in pain. Their birth in grief and ashes.”
- Cormac McCarthy, The Road

Learn this from the waters:
in mountain clefts and chasms,
loud gush the streamlets,
but great rivers flow silently.
- Sutta Nipata 3.725

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Re: BAD DAY. Remind me what to do please?

Postby Annapurna » Sat Aug 28, 2010 7:08 am

I know when I feel really shitty, I am suddenly thinking of the Black Dahlia or of Sharon Tate. .

Both women were murdered in especially horrible, heartbreaking ways.

Visiting their websites makes me feel humble.

If I get my shit back together this way, then I begin to think of loved ones who have a greater plight than me these days.

Those thoughts usually shame me.

And then...I begin to thank for what I can thank for.

I then usually arrive at what I am taking for granted:

Legs to walk with, eyes to see with, a mouth to eat with....this is not self-understood....some people are without...and -

I hope that helps, James.

It works for me. To increase my acceptance.

And I know all those states I am thanking for are impermanent too.

Good wishes for you.

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Re: BAD DAY. Remind me what to do please?

Postby m0rl0ck » Sat Aug 28, 2010 10:39 pm

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“The truth knocks on the door and you say, "Go away, I'm looking for the truth," and so it goes away. Puzzling.” ― Robert M. Pirsig

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Postby Annapurna » Sun Aug 29, 2010 8:32 am

Poor kitty! :lol:
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Re: BAD DAY. Remind me what to do please?

Postby Digger » Tue Sep 07, 2010 11:05 am

Nothing specific set off this down feeling? For example, no upsetting event, etc? How often does this happen to you?

Anyone have experience with Buddhism vs clinical depression? If this is some type of clinical depression, is it still possible (althought even more difficult) to control your mind /thoughts?
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