Concentration. Mouni Sadhu. 3. PREFACE. This book has been written to bridge the gap between the many existing theoretical works on mental concentration. Concentration Concentration Concentration tells you how to attain the power to control and focus the operation of your mind. In these pages Mouni Sadhu, the. Title, Concentration Mandala Books. Author, Mouni Sadhu. Edition, reprint. Publisher, Mandala Books, Original from, the University of California. Digitized.
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I came across an interesting video on the website Ted Talks. Derek delivers a talk about how we should keep our goals to ourselves and not verbalize them. He reasons that by verbalizing our goals we get a feeling similar to the one we would get mouno having actually achieved the goal, and, that by doing so we are less motivated to actually achieve the goal since part of the reward has already been acquired.
Yes, this would seem logically to be true, but in my experience, not speaking of my goals always ended up being helpful. To specify, because I am not being very clear, there is a distinct difference between stating what your goals are in a matter of fact way and speaking of them in a delusional or day-dream manner.
One is a mode of communicating information concentratiom other is a mode of communicating emotions and feelings. The destructive one, is of course the latter.
For me concrntration case has always been that whenever I externalize the feelings of accomplishing my goals it would be as if a power within would dissipate and result in a decrease sadhi motivation.
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But, the opposite has been true comcentration I internalize those feelings, when intentionally increasing the desire within, through strong feelings and emotions. What are your experiences? In writing my last post I came up with a very useful analogy that I concenteation others might also like and may provide you with a better way of thinking about the mind and the will.
Imagine the mind as a little dog. Now imagine the will as being the leash and the person that is walking the dog.
The subtle interplay between the will and the mind is very much like this analogy. For example, when you are going to sleep and you just passed into that state where you are not quite asleep but also not conscious any more, you can liken that to an owner walking this little hyperactive dog without a leash. So the dog mindis allowed to run around everywhere and do whatever it wants because there is no leash will that connects it and the owner the deeper you.
This is likened to that little hyperactive dog being on a leash with a lot of slack. So the dog is allowed to run around wherever it wants as long as it stays in the area immediately surrounding the owner where the length of the leash permits. A last example, when we are wholly concentrated on a subject, it can be likened to the dog with zero slack on the leash. This is what Mouni Sadhu talks about and ,ouni we are attempting to do.
What can we learn or more deeply understand from this analogy? Realize that it is only through regulating and controlling the leash that the dog can be restricted. Disciplining the mind should in fact be shortening the leash and the owner having the strength to not move in the direction the dog is pulling. For this first exercise, and maybe others, do not attempt to eliminate thoughts, or reduce thoughts, or analyse during the exercise.
Realize that the sole contributor to a successful session of concentration is keeping your will active and immovable throughout the exercise. We have within us all the ingredients and tools necessary for a successful endeavour, let us use them. Saadhu that means is you should take what you read with a grain of salt and always be sceptical of what you read, even of statistics which are very easily misrepresented and of scientific studies these can also be easily misrepresented, the more you know about the study the more you can apply your own logic and validate.
The trouble was that my mind was interfering very often, more often than usual and it was getting worse every day. This caused frustration, stress, dread for doing the sight exercise, and a lot of anger. It literally got to a point where I was shaking with anger how ironic, right?
One of the things I realized I was doing wrong was attempting to control the mind by using the mind. I would think concentratio what concentratjon last few distractions were and try to avoid those types, and other such thoughts, which was clearly the wrong approach.
So obviously it would be a cycle of failure followed by frustration getting me nowhere. The mind will never be able to act upon the mind and prevent it from thinking.
It is completely against its dominant use, which is to extrapolate and find correlating ideas linked to concentrarion previous idea. Of course, the conclusion is that it is in fact the will that controls the mind and there are no thoughts that you could think of concentrration your exercise that will be more helpful than a simple flexing of the will to refocus the mind. The concentrtion does not produce any thoughts or necessitate any thoughts to be active, thus focus on that, not on the trickeries of the mind.
I started about 2 weeks ago doing three exercises a day of 10 minutes each. Since then I am now at three exercises 22 minutes each. I have steadily been increasing the period of the concentration exercise by 1 minute every day for each exercise. At one point I had concentraiton stop for 2 full days as it was not possible but other than that it has been mouno.
It really is more of going by feeling, and one of the more astounding things I have noticed since I started is that I have considerably strengthened my willpower, far more than I ever had or thought I could have.
One more thing to mention is composition of the exercises. I have a morning one which is saxhu seconds hand exercise as suggested by Mouni Sadhu. And last, a before I go to bed exercise which I call my freestyle concentration. I just recently got over a major hurdle that has appeared since I have started the exercises again. It slowly got worse and worse until it peaked yesterday.
Moving along, the way in which I was able to overcome the difficulty I was having was by focusing my attention on a photo of Sri Ramana Maharshi, specifically this one: To note is that I was listening to this mantra, http: Well as Mouni promised, I did in fact find my answer, but it cooncentration far more than just an answer.
It was a realization which lead to a deep understanding that changed my perception. This is in fact why the difficult disappeared so quickly, otherwise it would not have been feasible. Not because of any egotistical reasons or anything you would probably assume at first thought, but because it would not be beneficial to you, and in fact may be detrimental.
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It is the understanding you attain when you solve an Egg of Columbus for yourself that is important. Thus by telling you the answer, I remove the possibility of you finding that vantage point for muni and getting the deep understanding there are other vantage points which would allow you to come to the same conclusion.
This is all I wanted to share with you for now. In the near future I will come through with a new post. Thinking about my inability to follow up and do my exercises in the past two weeks made me connect the dots on a few things.
I recently read a book titled Willpower by Roy F Baumeister. The book sheds light on willpower in a scientific way with plenty of examples of studies that have been conducted over the past couple of decades and some of the conclusions that have been drawn. The gist of it is that willpower can be likened to a battery, much like Mouni Sadhu described it in Concentration. You have a certain amount available to you throughout the day and you slowly deplete it as you do your daily activities.
What depletes the battery is any sort of discipline that you may impose on yourself, whether it is to do something you do not like or to not do something that you do like.
Everyday decisions such as what am I going to eat for breakfast or what colour shirt do I want to buy yes, this has been backed by scientific studies, but of course, we need to be careful as even studies can be misleading and wrong. Additionally there are things that restore willpower, such as sleeping and they found sugar or sugar metabolized from carbohydrates also restores willpower.
What you should do on the other hand is constantly feed your body very complex carbohydrates throughout the day as these metabolize slowly. The other important finding is that this battery can be enlarged by exercising your willpower.
One very simple experiment had a group attempt for one week to improve their posture by being reminded with alerts throughout the day and another group served as a control group. Tests were done prior to the week such as holding your hand in ice water and answering questions in which they had to make decisions about preference, and the same tests were conducted once the week passed. Where I am heading with this, besides giving you a bit of insight on what I read is how it applies to my last two weeks.
My usual routine has been turned upside down and thus simple things such as eating breakfast have turned into, where do I sadbu breakfast, when do I go, who do I go with, and other decisions that derive from this.
Then comes the discipline necessary to continue with what I am doing even though I dislike it and would miuni to revert to the status quo. And further, the need to often endure irritating and stressful interactions and relations with others that I would normally not bother with. So how does this help us practically.
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Although you can be angry with yourself, that really accomplishes nothing. To have done what you should have done would have required more willpower than you had at that time, otherwise you would have done it.
To do what you initially set forth, it is enough to be aware of your mistakes in the past, and continue setting your goals. It is a belief that developed subconsciously, but now, with greater understanding you can let it go. Your future is dictated by your present expectations of the future.
You present expectations are dictated by your past observations. Thus, focusing unnecessarily on your negative past observations will negatively concentratioh your present expectations of concrntration future, and logically, the way in which future unfolds.
Also, I forgot to mention in my last post what my current progress is. Mouni Sadhu — Exercises in Concentration.