Mantra + Purifying Emotions

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Mike Kich, modified 8 Years ago.

Mantra + Purifying Emotions

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Well, "purifying" sounds wonky, but I do feel certain it's because of my concentration practice w/ the mantra I use, plus I remember Daniel writing about how concentration practices tend to bring up buried emotional stuff.

So my question is, how long does this "bringing up" of stuff usually last, or how long has it lasted in your experience? I mean school starts tomorrow, so...

Second, how does the concentration progression go? Is it because emotions need to "purify" first that I don't get the pleasant bodily sensations, etc.? I can sit with the mantra without shifting away from it (other than in subtle ways) for a half-hour, and at that point I tend to want to either drift off to sleep, or...drift off to sleep, haha. But the point is, Daniel makes it sound like a minute of solid concentration should be producing shockwaves, and I'm sitting there for half an hour and nothing's happening sensation-wise other than my one-pointedness getting better.

Thanks!

~Mike
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fivebells ., modified 8 Years ago.

RE: Mantra + Purifying Emotions

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Mike Kich:
Daniel makes it sound like a minute of solid concentration should be producing shockwaves, and I'm sitting there for half an hour and nothing's happening sensation-wise other than my one-pointedness getting better.


From MCTB:

Tune into the illusory smoothness of things by purposefully and calmly working with illusions of solidity or fluidity. There is a certain “into it” quality which helps, sort of like really getting into a slow groove when playing an instrument, having sex, playing a sport, or just sinking into a well-deserved and warm bubble bath. Being in a silent and safe place is very helpful, as is giving yourself permission to relax, put the cares of the world behind you, and enjoy.

If you are using the breath as an object, you might try purposefully visualizing it as sweet, smooth waves or circles that are peaceful and welcome. Try breathing as if you were in a garden of fragrant roses and you wish to experience the fullness of their fragrance. Perhaps these tips will help illustrate the kind of non-resistant and peaceful presence that can help one attain these states. Tune into sensations in and around the primary object that feel good. Harbor no guilt, anxiety or fear related to the depths of pleasure, ease and well-being. The spiritual life need not be some sort of relentless, austere grind, particularly when doing concentration practices.

As concentration improves, it is as though the mind “sees” the first jhana and grabs on to it. Having an idea of what you are looking for, i.e. something enjoyable and steady, can be helpful for this. It has the five primary factors of applied and sustained effort or attention, rapture, happiness and concentration. Thus, it is great fun, feels good, but takes consistent effort to sustain.


I.e., cultivate metta. It's not the concentration alone which leads to rapture, it's resting the attention on pleasant sensations.

Mike Kich:
So my question is, how long does this "bringing up" of stuff usually last, or how long has it lasted in your experience?


About 11 years and counting, in my case. emoticon It varies a lot depending on the nature of the conditioning and the quality of practice. Are you worried it's going to get in the way of school?
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Mike Kich, modified 8 Years ago.

RE: Mantra + Purifying Emotions

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Metta huh? Well, your reply makes sense at least, I was just hoping it'd be easier than that. I mean metta meditations...I dunno, they'd kinda vague and I worry I'd wander around in them too much. Looks like that might be what I'll have to do anyway though then.

Oi, 11 years..that's quite a long time. Yeah I've been kinda worried about that..I mean I just notice in general it's harder for me to laugh too for the longest time, I mean really laugh. I try to fake it till I make it sometimes, but I get in these sort of serious-demeanor periods that last days or maybe even weeks now and then. Suffice to say, I've experienced emotional releases very recently in meditation, and that's good, but it's not enough yet.

Metta might be the way to go it seems..
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fivebells ., modified 8 Years ago.

RE: Mantra + Purifying Emotions

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You don't need to substantially change the form of your meditation. Just emphasize appreciation of the pleasant aspects of each moment of attention.

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