So, you would like to know how to persist despite discomfort, pain, inconvenience, in your path towards reaching your goals and your desired life?
Great! I recommend you research Vipassana meditation.
One of Vipassana’s positive results is that it will allow your mind to be calmer and more focused and as you practice while sitting for periods of time, you learn to observe sensations throughout the body, understanding their nature, and developing equanimity (steadiness of mind under stress) by learning not to react to them.
So as you sit, and start noticing a little ache here or a little ache there, rather than reacting and wriggling your way out of the discomfort in search of a cozy seating posture, you learn on how to go into the pain and just observe it until it fades away.
This is simply facing reality as it is and the more it is practiced, one learns that instead of running away from the discomfort both physical and psychological and problems that we tend to experience, they with time, lose the power that they have over us. You will find that for the most part, pain is but figments of our minds.
With this knowledge gained through experience, we learn to move forward whilst accepting discomfort as a facet of life, rather than being disheartened and even giving up by the occurrence of non pleasant tasks that we have to carry out in our pursuit of what we desire.
Overall the practitioner’s threshold to handle non pleasant situations is increased whilst at the same time developing mental balance and resilience to carry out daily duties that otherwise might be postponed because they are unpleasant. So those phone calls that need to be made; or that blog post that needs to be finished; or even the uploading of your video rather than being avoided as painful inconveniences, are simply carried out without the internal struggle.
By learning to remain balanced in the face of everything being experienced inside, one develops detachment towards all that one encounters in external situations as well.
“This direct experience of our own inner reality, this technique of self-observation, is what is called Vipassana meditation. In the language of India in the time of the Buddha, passana meant seeing in the ordinary way, with one’s eyes open; but vipassana is observing things as they actually are, not just as they appear to be.” One of the aims of Vipassana … “is to develop some mastery over this wild mind by training it to remain fixed on a single object, the breath. One tries to keep one’s attention on the respiration for as long as possible. This is not a breathing exercise; one does not regulate the breath. Instead, one observes natural respiration as it is, as it comes in, as it goes out. In this way one further calms the mind so that it is no longer overpowered by intense negativities. At the same time, one is concentrating the mind, making it sharp and penetrating, capable of the work of insight.”
Vipassana has much more to offer, I suggest you check their website for more information. And if you have the time and would like to delve into mastering your mind I strongly suggest that you experience their 10 day silent retreat. For me it was one of the profoundest experiences that I had.
However, if you do not want to or cannot experience their retreat, because of conflicting commitments, I recommend that you consider and adapt their meditation practice, and does not conflict with any held beliefs you might have and is open to all, which in its purest form is simply sitting quietly observing your own breath, focusing as it comes and goes through your nostrils. Whilst doing so, you should try to remain as motionless as possible and avoid having to readjust your sitting position into your meditation.
Therefore ensure as you sit – preferably cross legged or on a chair, with your back straight, chin parallel to the floor – that you are in the most comfortable position possible. As thoughts pop into your consciousness, let them come and pass, do not engage with reasoning and analyzing them. Simply let them come and go. With time they will subside and you will have glimpses of pure stillness, creating the mental space you can take into your daily life to deal with what life throws at you.
Into your practice as you start to notice body sensations, such as pain, heat, cold, etc do not let these take your focus off. Simply take your attention to the area being affected and just observe it without falling into your reactive mode to “run away” from them and you will notice that soon they will magically pass away.
This will strengthen your resolve that will allow you to plough through obstacles and inconveniences as you tackle your daily tasks along your path towards your goals. What before might be an annoying task for you to accomplish, will be accepted with detachment as you carry it out naturally. The nature of the task will remain unchanged but you would have learnt how to accept it whilst you go about your business.
Try it! It has the power to change you forever.
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Wishing you great success.