The top hindrance to samadhi is desire. For example sexual desire. There are a few things we can do to temporarilly off-set these thoughts of desire.
1. Think about something else that is wholesome. ( ie..the dharma)
2. Consider the drawbacks
With everything, there is a negative side to it. During moments of desire we tend to overlook and only see the positive side. Only after do we realize the negative aspect and regret it.
3. Pay no attention to the unwholesome thought
Sometimes a thought arises and we just perpetuated by staying with it and going along with it. Notice it and ignore it.
4. Relax thinking
5) Using our will power,mental strength and effort to dissolve the thought.
Only after trying the other four gentler methods do we resolve to this method.
MN 20 Vitakkasanthana Sutta : The Relaxation of Thoughts
Categories: Overcoming Obstacles On The Path of Samadhi, Contentment vs. Bondage to Desires
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