empty0cean asked: I've been trying to focus on the middle of my forehead when going about daily tasks and not meditating but it seems like the swarm of obsessive thoughts still takes the spotlight since it's difficult to concentrate single-pointedly on my forehead when doing things. I've tried mantra recitation but it seems to fade into an automatic chant in the background of thoughts (repeated, non-constructive thoughts about trivial things and self-disgust/loathing) so any advice is greatly appreciated. Namaste
Yes, concentrating on your forehead is a way of removing your awareness from the world as your body perceives it. It is a good technique for meditation but I haven’t had much success with it as a method for mindfulness in the world either.
Mantras are good when you are doing things that don’t require mental activity: commuting on trains/subways, driving cars, showering and dressing, and other such daily activities. To keep it from becoming a background automatic chant, you need to keep your focus on the mantra. The mantra then becomes more ‘real’ to your awareness than the activities that your body is performing.
My best advice for mindfulness in the world is to be doing what you are doing. The easiest way to let go of your swarming obsessive thoughts is to put all of your focus into what activities you are performing in this moment.
A famous quote about zen states that zen is not thinking about zen while peeling potatoes, zen is simply peeling the potatoes.
A lot of those obsessive thoughts comes from restlessness. When you can reduce your restlessness by being sincere and present and focused then those thoughts will occur with less tumultuousness. Remember to be like the sky. Don’t hold onto these thoughts and feelings; remember to let them pass through you. Your meditation practice will help you to do this.
All of the difficulties you have described are quite common. They are part of developing mindfulness in daily life. Keep at it and you will discover your own way of practicing mindfulness.
Namaste :) Much love.
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- mandypalacio said: I’d just like to add, that when we carry negative energy in our chakras it shows up as blockages, i.e restlessness. From that perspective, focusing on a specific chakra doesn’t help unless we do some (deep) cleaning. Jaya Shakti, Namaste.
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