Posted by: Upāsaka | 10/21/2015

Subjects for Contemplation

For some time, I have played with dedicating the different periods of meditation I do Theodore the course of the day to different subjects. In the morning I typically begin with 10 to 15 minutes of breath and then spend 30 to 45 minutes on the brahmaviharas. In the afternoon I generally stick with the breath and in the evening death contemplation.

Yesterday,  I was struck by the idea to extend these contemplations and making them the focus of each third of my day. My idea is as follows:

From waking until 11am I will return the mind to the theme of the brahmaviharas whenever it is unfocused.

From 11am until 5pm I will keep the breath in mind.

From 5pm until I sleep I will turn the mind towards the recollection of death and the other four subjects for frequent recollection.

I have some concerns about forming the mind top a potentially darker reflection when my energy is low but this is typically the time that I obsess most about work and gain and nothing is better to dispel that than reflecting on the ultimate futility of samsaric gain. Also, what better way to shake off sloth and torpor than by contemplating the fact that we don’t have much time to lose.

For me, such a division of the day helps to clarify the matter of what I should be doing in the moment and does away with the confusion which normally overcomes me while the mind is unfocused.

Sukhitaa hontu!

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