Is it a good idea to make a strong commitment\determination to be mindful or to meditate?

If we can't really control what we do in the future, is there a use to make a commitment?

And if the answer is yes - how to make it ?

I would love to hear tips on how to make the commitment/determination better.

And I would also like to hear your opinion about celibacy in this context - including celibacy from tasty food and from funny videos, from music, from entertainment in general, etc.


To make a strong commitment, you want to cultivate right effort by making a continuous effort, by hanging out with wise spiritual friends, by balancing energy with concentration and by not doing things that suck the energy out of you like reacting to your arising defilements, eating too much and getting lost in mental proliferation.

As Ajahn Chah says "Just do it".


One could reflect on death. This can really be motivating because it lets us know we are pressed for time not just on the surface but in the heart as well.

  • good reply - So you are saying if i get your drift that a commitment is not a good idea - right ? – breath Sep 20 '15 at 21:00
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    Yes it is a very good idea to make a strong commitment but you should know how to cultivate right effort first...or you can "Just do it"("it" being the strong commitment) like Ajahn Chah says but remember not to get to upset if it's hard to keep up. – Lowbrow Sep 20 '15 at 21:09
  • is there more about info about this subject - about what you talked about? – breath Sep 20 '15 at 21:21
  • Here are some video links that talk about right effort: m.youtube.com/watch?v=9ClCF_FYrt4 -------- youtu.be/3huNh4Vi8Jc -------- youtu.be/MZHWnzQQm3c-------- – Lowbrow Sep 21 '15 at 20:13
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    youtube.com/watch?v=Q0qmUZOdLtM found this talk from ajahn chah when searching "just do it" - good stuff – breath Sep 22 '15 at 4:04

Some advice from Ajaan Fuang:

§ "If you're single-minded about whatever you think of doing, you're sure to succeed."

§ "Persistence comes from conviction, discernment from being mindful."

§ "Persistence in the practice is a matter of the mind, and not of your posture. In other words, whatever you do, keep your mindfulness constant and don't let it lapse. No matter what your activity, make sure the mind sticks with its meditation work."

§ Another student disappeared for several months, and on her return told Ajaan Fuang, "The reason I didn't show up is that my boss sent me to night school for a semester, so I didn't have any time to meditate at all. But now that the course is over, I don't want to do anything but meditate — no work, no study, just let the mind be still."

She thought he'd be pleased to hear how intent she still was on meditating, but he disappointed her. "So you don't want to work — that's a defilement, isn't it? Whoever said that people can't work and meditate at the same time?"

§ Many were the times when people would tell Ajaan Fuang that — with all the work and responsibilities in their lives — they had no time to meditate. And many were the times he'd respond, "And you think you'll have time after you're dead?"

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    Ajaan Fuang is very inspiring. – Lowbrow Sep 23 '15 at 13:39

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