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Old 26-02-2017, 06:25 PM
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Question Trouble with silencing my mind while meditating...

Hi, I meditate, with like a year break, for about 4 years. I try to focus on a mantra, but the mind uses every opportunity to disturb the silence in between the chanted mantras(i say them mentally actually). Sometimes it seems like I can sense the silence underlying the whole area of my mind, but can't quite get there. Any ideas how could I improve my practice? All help will be greatly apprieciated.
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Old 26-02-2017, 07:13 PM
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I'd suggest starting with a physical relaxation routine, like in self-hypnosis.
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Old 26-02-2017, 08:03 PM
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Hi, I meditate, with like a year break, for about 4 years. I try to focus on a mantra, but the mind uses every opportunity to disturb the silence in between the chanted mantras(i say them mentally actually). Sometimes it seems like I can sense the silence underlying the whole area of my mind, but can't quite get there. Any ideas how could I improve my practice? All help will be greatly apprieciated.

Hi Soul_Surfer

What you describe is par for the course for all spiritual meditation.

In Buddhism, they call it "monkey mind". For years or possibly aeons, the mind has been running rampant at its will. It is not going to take a day or a month or even a year for it to be fundamentally in silence, at your will.

I do not know what system of meditation technique you are working under, but my opinion is the most important thing is just to continue it with no expectations or requirements per se.

It's like building a muscle, every day you do a curl up (or ten) and those repetitions don't seem to be doing much. But intrinsically, something is working.

This is also how meditation works. It's best at this time to not read too much about other peoples' experiences or opinions {including my own!} and take it with a spacious, patient frame of mind.

As you would cultivate a plant, you do your part (watering, seeding, sun and shade) and allow/trust in nature to do its part.

What is valuable, is that you are planting a seed, and it will blossom under your diligent and above all patient eye.

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Old 26-02-2017, 09:39 PM
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Sometimes it seems like I can sense the silence underlying the whole area of my mind, but can't quite get there.
you (!!) will never get 'there' and what you sense isn't 'it'. Just drop meditation as you drop 'getting there', sensing and yourself.
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Old 26-02-2017, 10:07 PM
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Let go of having a destination while meditating, accept the noise without being swept away by it. For me, once I stopped grappling with my mind, it eventually silenced itself.
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Old 27-02-2017, 05:03 AM
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Let go of having a destination while meditating, accept the noise without being swept away by it. For me, once I stopped grappling with my mind, it eventually silenced itself.

agree 100%. allow your mind to naturally take you someplace once you have blocked out thoughts. calm, cool and collected leads to meaningful meditation...
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Let go of having a destination while meditating, accept the noise without being swept away by it. For me, once I stopped grappling with my mind, it eventually silenced itself.


I agree totally; this has been my experience too. An idea which works for me is to imagine (as I listen to my breathe perhaps) looking down on myself. And I believe my higher self would just observe, send me love, peace . . and if I find my mind 'talking' I realize it and go back to seeing myself from above.

Be easy with no expectations. Guess that's how to view life huh :)
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Old 26-02-2017, 11:17 PM
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So a little update...today when I was meditating (while saying mantra in my mind) for a brief moment I lost a sense of where I was (and I haven't fall asleep). I don't know how else to call it, when I came back to my senses I had to remind myself I'm still in my room. It's a first time ever something like that happened to me. So I guess there is some progress in my practice after all. Apparently patience is the key ;D
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Old 27-02-2017, 01:45 AM
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So a little update...today when I was meditating (while saying mantra in my mind) for a brief moment I lost a sense of where I was (and I haven't fall asleep). I don't know how else to call it, when I came back to my senses I had to remind myself I'm still in my room. It's a first time ever something like that happened to me. So I guess there is some progress in my practice after all. Apparently patience is the key ;D

Soul Surfer,

I don't know if this is silence, it could also be drifting off into a little trance. Silence is when the mind stops, even the breath stops, one is aware of awareness, and that "I am not mind". One remains aware not lost in a trance.

Since you like to use chanting and mantra, you might be interested in following the retreat that is starting in March. I am reactivating my thread about it and giving all links http://www.spiritualforums.com/vb/sh...&postcount=229

Since that's a month away, I'll share what I know about chanting and mantra. Chanting works best for me when done in group. It opens the heart chakra, but of course all chakras can be involved in it. It has the effect of building excitement in the energy field and raising the vibration (not unlike the power of an excited crowd at a football stadium - only more powerful). When the chanting stops then the mind, being overwhelmed naturally quiets and it's easy to just slip into meditation.

With mantra, there are stages to mantra repetition that can take us deeper. First repeating it but not like a parrot, but with focus and feeling like each syllable is liquid gold, like it's your first time. And also repeating it throughout the day, not just in sitting meditation. This is the gross stage. Then, just like an advertising jingle, it comes up like that song you can't get out of your head, automatically. This is the second stage, the astral. In meditation we try to pass this stage by observing the energy that is pushing this mantra up automatically - something is there pushing it, making it come up. This takes us deeper. And when we discover the source of that, we enter into a kind of bliss. That's the causal field. And beyond energy is a stage called turyia - it is the transcendental witness. That is the goal, where we enter into its consciousness, where we become one with it. That requires the greatest surrender. Usually if we make it to bliss we're really happy, and tend to stay with the bliss. And transcendence also involves grace and timing. But to be able to reach bliss this way is fantastic meditation practice.

Hope this helps. I wish you all luck with it.
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Old 27-02-2017, 11:28 AM
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Apparently patience is the key ;D
Absolutely! The issue for me isn't the arising of thoughts, it's how we respond when they do arise. Very often, meditators will do one of two things: they'll either get lost in a series of thoughts, or they'll attempt to push the thought away, creating an inner contraction (they might even end up doing both). The most effective response, for me, is simply to acknowledge the thought and stay relaxed, so my meditation practice is largely, as you say, an exercise in patience.
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