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Unpleasant side effects of meditation

My local Buddhist temple's resident teacher Jetsunma Ahkon Lhamo has this beautiful metaphor of the "poop soup", highly relevant to yours (and the rest of ours) situation. In this metaphor ...
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Is practising mindfulness ever a bad idea?

Yes, practicing mindfulness can be a bad idea. When one practices mindfulness, he opens his eyes and comes to see more and more things that were previously unnoticed. That is the reason why beginners ...
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Is there any benefit in abstaining from listening songs?

If you stop listening to songs, eventualy the odds of fragments of song poping in the mind would shrink, but is that realy what you are looking for ? A better way to approach this would be to let go ...
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Unpleasant side effects of meditation

A couple of days is not enough time for your 10 minute meditation to have resulted in any change in your mood, feelings, or anything else. Were those panic attacks accompanied by difficulty breathing? ...
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Mindfulness, conciousness and directing attention

From a traditional Buddhist perspective, the purpose of mindfulness is threefold: At a superficial level, the level of mere beginner or layperson, we pay attention to what we do and how we do it, ...
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In visualisation meditations, I don’t know “where” to look

This is more like a general comment than an on-point answer... You know why you're having this problem? Because visualization is a kind of fabrication. You're creating the experience, assembling it ...
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How much should i try while meditating?

I recalled a dharma talk by Ajahn Thanissaro Bhikku on Youtube. In it he compared mindfulness and meditation to a skill. And like anything else in life you need to practice to become good at that ...
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Should I meditate on one thing or just any sensation that arise?

The main objective of meditation is to maintain a mind of equanimity (calmness). When the mind is calm, it can also develop insight. Meditating upon one thing helps establish equanimity (calmness)....
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How to practice Mindfulness Meditation?

The word 'mindfulness' means 'to remember' or 'keep in mind'. In the context of Buddhism, it means 'to remember' to practise the factors of the eightfold path. For example, if you are speaking/...
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What am I doing wrong?

I think you did a really good job of breaking down your doubts into individual points. 1) Everywhere I keep reading stuff of the kind "Observe your thoughts without judgment". What does that ...
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Can/should we actively use thoughts as part of mindful awareness?

Mindfulness (sati) does not mean "awareness" or "observation" of objects. Mindfulness means to carry or maintain a wise thought or view in the mind. The original scriptures say: One is mindful ...
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Unpleasant side effects of meditation

Kimattha Sutta explains the purpose of skillful virtues or sila, and shows its effects on the mind and on meditation. When you have problems with meditation, it's a sign that you should take a step ...
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third eye experience of mindful breathing

This sensation is being experience probably because you are deliberately focusing your intention on your forehead. Your post states: I tried to...just keep watching my forehead. Practising mindful ...
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How do i Focusing on the breath and letting thought go

You should stay with the breath as much as you can. Therefore, if a thought arises & it will just float away, then let the thought float away; like it is a passing visitor. You only have to 'let ...
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How to practice Mindfulness Meditation?

You won't learn this one from books, only by trying out and practicing it. The practice is to go beyond concepts like Now I'm meditating, this is good, bad, me, mine... and focus on the raw experience ...
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What to do when a thought comes up while meditating

The thing I've learned from meditation so far: Don't try to be clever, just follow the instructions! Anapanasati (meditation on the breath) works just the way it should be. It was highly recommended ...
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What to do when a thought comes up while meditating

It is important to understand what is meant by 'right view' (samma ditti) which covers the origination of thoughts, the causal arising of thoughts, and the non-self nature of thoughts and the entire ...
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Is practising mindfulness ever a bad idea?

Mindfulness isn't about self-diagnosis but it can easily lead to self-criticism if one isn't careful. It is about being present and objectively being aware of what it is without judgment. This is ...
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Should we "ignore" feelings while being mindful and aware of the present moment?

Any experience you should be equanimously and objectively aware of perceiving (desirable, undesirable, neither) and sensation (pleasant, unpleasant and neutral) of the arising and passing or the ...
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What meditation is best to learn to "control" your mind?

Any thoughts, including negative thoughts, are triggered by some stimuli, and have a sensation associated with it. The best would be to deal with them as per in the Suttas. Suttas like: "Dhātu ...
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What meditation is best to learn to "control" your mind?

To say “to control the mind” sounds a bit too aggressive. Mind is a delicate thing, and not easy to tame. Taming it is like catching a fish with bare hands. Compare it to a Fish in a river are ...
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What meditation is best to learn to "control" your mind?

That's a nice question. My first thought if I may mention it is that "controlling the mind" might be an odd question. I think that the mind is a sense-organ (for ideas and feelings and so on), like ...
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Mindfulness is leading to anxiety and depersonalisation

Simple answer: It's a phase, it will pass. Detailed answer: Mindfulness meditation doesn't result in a strictly upward curve in terms of clarity or perceived well being. This is one of the reasons ...
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Is there any benefit in abstaining from listening songs?

It's very important to know WHY you want to stop listening to music. If it is just by blindly following precepts, the motivation won't take you that far. However, if you realise that sense-restraint ...
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What is a "thought?" (Particularly in reference to thoughts that arise during meditation)

According to Buddhism thought to arise from the consciousness. Which are called Vitakka and Vicara. There are many types of wholesome and unwholesome thoughts. A person should have a good grasp of ...
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Level of Focus in Anapanasati

Yes, once you have reached sufficient level of concentration you may continue on the breath (samatha) or investigate the mind (vipassana). In my own practice I have a preference for reaching the ...
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How can watching be non-doing?

MN1 The Root of All Things addresses watching for the untrained ordinary person as: They perceive the seen as the seen. But then they identify with the seen … Why is that? Because they haven’t ...
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