This is wrong, even meditating intensely for 2 hours is mentally exhausting. I'm not saying it's impossible to meditate for the entire day, but it certaintly isn't common/suggested etc. Unless your talking about simple mindfulness, eg. being mindful of thoughts/emotions/etc, but that is much less intense than a formal meditation session.
It was a great revelation for me when a teacher said that this is what you're supposed to do with meditation: use the peace and clarity it produces to power up the vehicle of the Noble Eightfold Path through the daily life.
And I said revelation, because it seems to be helpful for my Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde problem: meditation was so peaceful and life was such a hell.
I'm talking about mindfulness, but there is nothing simple about that, it's a very powerful practice. As for intensity, it can be as powerful and intense as we ... are able to. Sometimes it's better, sometimes it sucks, that's what practice is for.
Meditation is what powers the mindfulness. And once it does, you can see how the mind truly works. And this truth gives you freedom.
And no, obsession's are not just like any other thoughts.
Well, an obsession is a thought, that's exactly what it means. But a thought is not necessarily an obsession.
It only becomes a steroid monkey, if you feed the monster. Actually, many people may have same exact thought, without it being an obsession.
Obsessions are powered, fed by what I called "spoiling them", giving them attention, importance, care, etc.
Mindfulness can show you HOW you are feeding the monster and once you see that truth, the monster turns into a cuddly puppy.
This is wrong again, both for obsessions and general thoughts, learning to let go is a process of directed intention; mindlessness , and lack of attention is what let's the monkey mind roam free completely unchecked.
Directing anything at an obsession can be dangerous, because the obsession may find a way to feed off it.
It's counter-intuitive because yes these thing's need to be left alone, but leaving them alone actually takes effort/wisdom/awareness of the problem.
Yes, mindfulness and wisdom, as for effort ... the right effort isn't always an effort.
Those like me who prefer to be medicated? Do not act like you know anything about me, or my problems. I have found a solution, it's called managing my illness. OCD has no cure, neither does schitzophrenia, bipolar disorder, or many other mental illnesses.
There are people who solve their mind or emotional states without medication, those who are prescribed one but find a solution and stop medication and those like you who prefer to be medicated mostly. Just because you don't want to find a real solution to your problem does not mean solutions don't exist at all, in fact members of DW gave you plenty of suggestions how to cope based on personal experience.
Maybe let's try to take things easy. Acknowledge that anything posted on a forum is merely an opinion, and we don't want to coerce people into doing things or believing things. No matter how much force is put into the words or attachment is put our beliefs, any post is nothing but a personal opinion.
Also acknowledge that it's not realistic to give a solution to somebody over the internet. Even if we were professionally qualified to do so, which we are not.
Even such people do exist who are always against any kind of medication, no matter the circumstances. Even if we feel that is not wise, it's not like we can or should try force their belief out of them, all we can do is expressing disagreement.
That being said, since you brought up schizophrenia, this is a video I find interesting, without any implication that anybody who might suffer from a similar condition should use the information for self-treatment. But there is a lot of insight into the suffering caused by the stigmatization and self-stigmatization that comes from slapping a diagnostic onto ourselves. And not only for mental illnesses, it's the same for cancer or old age, or being jobless, or overweight, etc.
https://www.ted.com/talks/eleanor_longd ... anguage=sv