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5 hindrances and stillness meditation
Found myself a mediation teacher and have been advised to move from (samatha) mindfulness meditation to try stillness mediation - to just "be" and not take action as things arise, to just, when things arise, to simply return to myself, my own whole presence on the cushion. I'd been doing the Metta and had been experiencing a lot of emotion and connection with my heart and it has been a little overwhelming. In the stillness mediation the hindrances are coming on strong - especially restlessness and anger - without having an object to focus on, like my breath, this is pretty challenging. The teacher told me I need to focus on my wholeness, not just an aspect, like the breath (I hope I am explaining this correctly), but it as also not supposed to be an "action." (Which, i know is the whole point of acting (or non-acting) from our Buddha natures.)
Do any of you have some advice?
And can anyone point me to where in the dharma I could read on this? (This non-action when things arise and restlessness -I am sure there are hundreds of references, but does the Buddha specifically address "stillnesss meditation")
I understand this is the most basic form of meditation, but after so many years relying on my breath as a focus, am not sure how to undo my habit and it is causing the restlessness. I've never really been part of a sangha and haven't had teachers explain this stiff before and had relied on books - and never knew where to find all the teachings that apply to what I was trying to learn. So, I just stuck to the basics, but now am ready to dig deeper and challenge myself more.
Maybe I am making this more complicated than it needs to be?
Thanks in advance - you guys have a lot of great varied experience and knowledge.