Different (opposite?) Meditation

 Bryan Hellard (@xyver) 1 week, 5 days ago

It’s been almost 5 years since I was last here, but let’s see what we can do!  I was reading this post again http://highexistence.com/how-to-practice-mindfulness/

And this part jumped out at me:

5 Tips For Learning How to Practice Mindfulness In Daily Life from Larry Rosenberg

  1. When possible, do just one thing at a time.
  2. Pay full attention to what you’re doing.
  3. When your mind wanders from what you are doing, bring it back.
  4. Repeat step three, several billion times.
  5. Investigate your distractions.

My problem is between step 3 and 4.  “Traditional” meditation (at least in every place I’ve seen it) says that step 3 is the correct thing to do.  Try to be mindful, focus on the present, and when you drift, guide yourself back to the present.

My approach was the opposite.  When I drifted, I followed the drift to see where it would take me, and dealt with whatever was at the end.  Eventually, everything was dealt with, and drifts never (well, hardly) happened ever again.  And not just when I was meditating, but in my every day life.

Has anyone else done anything like that?

May 11, 2018 at 5:21 am
flower21 (14) (@flower21) 1 day, 7 hours ago ago

When I am following this practice step by step, I do not meet such issues as you do unfortunately or luckily. 

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Bryan Hellard (302)M (@xyver) 20 hours, 49 minutes ago ago

Thats the point, its not an issue, it was a conscious choice, and I think its one of my greatest successes.

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