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It is not what we say but how it is heard.
what we hear/read is our own perceptions
we response to our own perceptions
check again what we have written and why we have written it in this thread
that would become the mirror to see our own reflection
to know whether we used right speech (written response)
My question is have any of you used buddhism as a positive influence in dealing with mental health issues?
we all (without any exception) have mental issues more or less, even though we don't accept it
Buddha said 'pouthajjana ummaththaka' which means all those who have not seen the 'reality' are mentally ill
if so are there any particular practices or resources you found useful?
vipassana practice which help to see the 'reality'
in a nutshell:
when we see/ hear/ smell/ taste/ feel/ think of a thing/ a living being it is just a perception arise in our own mind
but we think there is a thing/ a living being over there
so we like or dislike the thing/the living being over there
if we like it we want to have it and if we can't get it we get depressed
even if we can get it we can not keep it for ever as we like so we get depressed
if we do not like it we want to get rid of it but if we can't get rid of it we get depressed
either way it is not for our satisfaction so we get depressed ( not happy/ sad/ you can put any negative word here)
seeing the Truth that we always get deluded when we see/hear/smell/taste/feel/think is the only way to get rid of depression
'our -individual- world is built with our own perception' nothing else is true
I meditated for about 40 minutes in a full lotus posture - it was hellish, physically. Pain in my back, legs, etc.
But amazingly enough the mind did not wander because it was 'consumed' by the pain, I guess.
this is because you are aware of the faculty of the body
So it got me thinking. Is it possible that meditation postures are aimed at creating pain? You're so overwhelmed with pain that you give up your regular thinking patterns and obsessions. There is only pain, so your mind sort of comes to a standstill. It just doesn't have the opportunity or time to think of anything else.
these are thought you have by clinging to the awareness of pain
Does pain serve a higher purpose, then?
Buddha says there are three kind of bodily feeling: pain, pleasure, neither-pain-nor-pleasure (upekka)
when you are aware of the pain in the body there is no awareness of the objects around you:form, sound, taste, smell, thought
so you do not have mental pain and pleasure
this is the place where our real 'insight_vidarshana_ meditation' starts
at this moment you take pain is i, my, myself
that is why you talk about 'your' pain
just be brave (this means right effort)
pay attention to 'the pain' (this means right mindfulness)
and see what is happening to 'the pain'
before 'the pain' arises there was no pain
and see what is happening to arisen 'the pain'
if i explain what would happen when we are brave and pay attention to the bodily pain, that would be another knowledge add to your store of consciousness
(Hope what i have written is understandable and please do not take this as i am preaching here)
if you come back with the results you would get after practising with what you have read in this post (not that you have to do accordingly, because once you have read this it is within your store of consciousness, you can not erase it and the cause created by reading this post would bring back the results without your help)
just practice the way you have been practising