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Question for June 22, 2014: Stuckness in Meditation
Medivate — 3 years ago — in Question of the Week
Do you feel — or have you in the past — felt stuck on a particular obstacle to meditation?

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davidbhayes — 3 years ago — permalink
Lately I've been feeling a bit dull and bored. I should really go do some research & advice-seeking on it. Anyone have anything to recommend?

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PurplePotato — 3 years ago — permalink
How do you know that you are bored?

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davidbhayes — 3 years ago — permalink
Huh. I'll have to hold that question for a bit. Seems like a good one.
To answer immediately, my mind seems to eagerly seek anything novel and not the object (typically my meditation object is the breath) to attach to a be able to play with. As though what it is experiencing isn't sufficient. I'm reading that as boredom.

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PurplePotato — 3 years ago — permalink
How do you know that you are bored?

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davidbhayes — 3 years ago — permalink
I've been sitting with this question for a few days. It's brought clarity on a few different things.
The most concrete is that a lot of the time when I'm looking for distraction — which I thought was caused by "boredom" — is actually a drive for comfort. I want to adjust my posture to be more comfortable, but I also want a place for my mind to land to keep it comfortably active. I'd not noticed the latter part — grabbing the phone and checking email is typically a seek for the "comfort" of the distraction of email.
The other more broad point I'd not realized was how much the label I give to a bundle of things allows me to safely avoid needing to investigate and be more attentive. This is a thing I feel a bit like I should have known, but it surprised me. The power of this or any question — that at first I was like "what a dumb simple question..." — is that it makes you see more clearly and accurately all that's really there.

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PurplePotato — 3 years ago — permalink
Good to hear. I was originally going to post something much longer but then had a feeling that that wasn't the best idea, and thought of the simple question. I also wondered whether it would look like too simple a question - I'm glad it worked!
You can use this sort of inquiry on just about anything that comes up: How do I know x is true?

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Question for June 5, 2016: Stuckness in Meditation
Medivate — 1 year ago — in Question of the Week
Do you feel — or have you in the past — felt stuck on a particular obstacle to meditation?