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Overwhelming thoughts - Mindfulness and awareness

If you have thoughts that are repeating in a loop, most likely you are focusing on them or obsessing over them, intentionally or unintentionally, rather than "not resisting" them. My understanding of ...
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The arising of arrogance

The feeling of pride is okay in the sense that it is conditioned so long as you do not act following that feeling. That you are able to notice the arising of the feeling shows some mindfulness and ...
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Question about how to generate more motivation to meditate.

It's really important to do wise and healthy things even if they take a bit of effort to get the ball rolling. Very fortunately, we can use habit to overcome our habits, which is something very ...
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Shamata and vipassana - loss of willpower

I can relate to your question. I too come from a software background and have had a similar set of experiences. Even though we have had similar experiences, the underlying cause could be different. ...
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What books address various difficulties that may arise during various stages of meditation practice?

The Five Hindrances disturb one's path in meditation and practice. The canonical description can be found in the Nivarana Sutta. Here are some useful resources: Book entitled Unhindered: A Mindful ...
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Meditation on pain?

To let go of the sensations of pain in the body or of memories of pain, we must practice loving kindness, towards our body and towards our mental contents. Whenever pain affects us, we must be like ...
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What are we supposed to do while meditating?

There are many kinds of meditation, and as many ways of explaining them as there are people. After years of study and practice, here is a meditation I recommend. I call this "the coming to one's ...
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What does delusion feel like?

I think that 'aversion' and 'desire' are opposite/complementary extremes of each other. Similarly I think that 'delusion' is (defined as) the opposite of 'truth' (sacca/satya, the four noble truths) ...
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What are the common buddhist practices to eliminate sleepiness?

You can try focusing primarily on your in-breath during your meditation. Inhalation activates your sympathetic nervous system (which is also activated when you're in flight or fight mode). Every ...
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Suggestions for when practice has plateaued

What do you mean your practice has plateaued?! Are you perfect? Don't you have day-to-day challenges? Practice is not just meditation. Your "personal issues" are practice too. See if you can trace ...
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Reasons against practicing insight meditation as a main (sitting) practice for medical or other recondite-subject majoring students?

I did my first longer vipassana retreat while I was a postdoc researcher (applied math and numerics), and did many more since then. I found it beneficial to have days/weeks dedicated for intense ...
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What does delusion feel like?

Feelings associated with formations of the 3 more poison: Ignorance - Neutral feeling Attachment - Blissful, joy, fluid, cooling Aversion - Burning, solid, gaseous vibrating (E.g. fear) In breath ...
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Shamata and vipassana - loss of willpower

You lose interest because your MINDFUL. Mindfulness acts like a barrier or a filter. It creates distance. Your not as engaged to the five senses and it's objects as you use to be, therefore your not ...
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Barrier of "tumult" during meditation

I won't try to guess exactly what you're experiencing, but one thing that trips people up a lot is the expectation that meditation is a one-way road to greater and greater calm. In reality, there's an ...
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eye movement during meditation

If you feel alert, and not sleepy or distracted while it happens, it may be one of the things that naturally occurs as you start to get deeper concentration. A number of vaguely unpleasant ...
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Keep motivation to stick on one meditation practice :Ven. Mahasi Saydaw

Some advice by Ajaan Fuang here: § 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 ...
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How to discipline self to practice meditation everyday?

This is a common problem. I'd suggest you get some inspiration and enthusiasm from reading online about meditation and start doing it for even say, 30 seconds. But most importantly, don't ...
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