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Offline Biscana

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Staying Focused
« on: February 12, 2014, 01:53:00 pm »
As I mentioned in another post I've been studying Buddhism for about 6 months. I started by reading as much as I could about the subject. I recently started meditation, and I'm having a terrible time focusing when I meditate. I'm in a quiet atmosphere and have candles to help relax me. Sadly, it's not feeling like it works. It feels like a chore more than relaxing. I'm trying hard to achieve a peaceful state of mind, but it's proving to be rather difficult.

Anyone sharing a similar experience or can provide some insight I would be very grateful.

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Re: Staying Focused
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2014, 02:25:16 pm »
Hello Biscana,

I think you are expecting too much and too soon from meditation.

For some people, ( like me) it took a while before I could feel any concrete results.

You say you are trying hard to achieve a peaceful state. Thats probably part of the problem.....you are trying too hard.

Just sit, and watch your breath. As thoughts enter your mind, just take notice that there was a thought, and then let it go and focus back on your breath. Dont have expectations ...either good or bad.

And stay with it. Keep meditating. If you need to..... keep your sessions short, and as you get better at quieting your mind you can increase your session length.

I started meditating 7 years ago, and it took a few years before I began to feel "satisfied" with the sessions.  But having said that, I did start to see results fairly quickly. Just dont get discouraged, dont give up, and dont have any expectations.

You will be fine.

Hope that helps

May you be happy, peaceful, and free from suffering
The non-doing of any evil,
the performance of what's skillful,
the cleansing of one's own mind:
this is the teaching of the Awakened.

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Re: Staying Focused
« Reply #2 on: April 12, 2014, 08:12:01 am »
As I mentioned in another post I've been studying Buddhism for about 6 months. I started by reading as much as I could about the subject. I recently started meditation, and I'm having a terrible time focusing when I meditate. I'm in a quiet atmosphere and have candles to help relax me. Sadly, it's not feeling like it works. It feels like a chore more than relaxing. I'm trying hard to achieve a peaceful state of mind, but it's proving to be rather difficult.

Anyone sharing a similar experience or can provide some insight I would be very grateful.

Here are the 4 jhanas from the exposition of the Noble Eigthfold Path.

First Jhana: Here quite secluded from sensual pleasures, secluded from unwholesome states one enters upon and abides in the first jhana which has thinking and pondering with rapture and pleasure of seclusion.

Second Jhana: With the stilling of thinking and pondering, by gaining internal serene confidence and unification of mind one enters upon and abides in the second jhana which is without thinking and pondering with rapture and pleasure of concentration.

Third Jhana: With the dispassion of rapture one abides in equanimity and mindful and clearly still experiencing the pleasure on account of which the Noble One's announce he has pleasant abiding who has equanimity and is mindful one enters upon and abides in the third jhana.

Fourth Jhana: With the abandoning of pleasure, with the abandoning of pain, with the previous disappearance of joy and grief with not pain not pleasure and equanimity mindfulness purity one enters upon and abides in the fourth jhana.


Long Discouse of the Buddha#22 has numerous meditation subjects included with the 4 Foundations of Mindfulness and similarly with Middle Length Discourse of the Buddha #10.

Even if it feels like a chore sometimes I would still strongly encourage you to maintain a good meditation practice.

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Re: Staying Focused
« Reply #3 on: April 16, 2014, 08:21:50 pm »
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You need to relax your body.

Start from relax the head, relax the eyebrows, shoulder, back, hands, all the way to toe.

This is so really helpful.



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Offline NepalianBuddhist

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Re: Staying Focused
« Reply #4 on: April 17, 2014, 01:59:25 pm »
Basically, you relax your body and the mind will follow.
« Last Edit: April 17, 2014, 02:46:40 pm by NepalianBuddhist »

 


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