The topic is less insane than the title shows, but eh...I wanted an entertaining title that got the general idea down.
So...mind training. This is a thing. Many people have their own ideas about it and how to do and a significant portion of quite a few religions is focused on such things.
So now I must ask...What do you think of the concept in general? And about specific methods? What methods do you yourself use if you do?
Also please for the love of god do not turn this into a debate. Make it a sharing of ideas and what you do. Structured argument isn't what I am interested in at the moment.
So if you have missed my constant shouting of "HAY I AM BUDDHIST DONATE YOUR LIFE TO HOTEI TODAY AND GET FREE BUTTER" I am Buddhist. A Theravadan of a school very similar to Thai Forest (or perhaps it is Thai Forest. It is by far the most popular Thai school in the West) to be painfully specific about matters. We've got two main methods which are the two types of meditation. Vipassana and Samatha.
Samatha is called concentration meditation in English and it is by far the most commonly practiced form. Its purposes are three fold. The first is the therapeutic calming thing. Meditation is believed to be very good for calming yourself and learning how exactly to calm yourself down in stressful situations. Along with other unverified health benefit claims that I put little stock into. Because of this Samatha is a thing for therapy. The next purpose is building concentration. The ability to focus on some object or idea or task without being pulled away by all the distracting crap around you. This ability is considered vital to Vipassana since Vipassana is the art of sitting on your ass and thinking about how life works. The third purpose is the build awareness. You don't block out the world. You remain aware of it and you note things that happen. You just don't let distractions get the best of you and learn to tame the monkey mind.
Vipassana has a different purpose that one can see in its English name. Insight meditation. How this works I have absolutely no idea. It seems that everyone has their own idea on how exactly one gains insight and wisdom from this. One person may it is by meditating on the five aggregates and someone else will say something completely different and this isn't getting into whether or not we are being impossibly strict on how exactly you're supposed to be sitting and breathing and dear god I've gone cross eyed. What I can make out is that any form of Vipassana involves deep and focused contemplation on something in search for understanding of how exactly the thing and life as a whole works. You are to then use this fancy wisdom stuff you have and apply it to your life and being a good person which means being an active and helpful dude who doesn't lie or treat people like shit. One who sees the flaws and beauty in everything and has some sort of awesome detached state of mind that somehow also isn't completely detached from reality.
And then we have Koans which I don't quite understand very well, but then I know very little about Zen, Soto, and Rinzai.
Another thing I like to do is use nonsense logic when talking to people. The thing sounds completely stupid to me and others, but the purpose is to throw eggs at you during your routine walk and see how you solve this bizarre problem. A sort of wake up call and attempt to see what solutions you can think of using dream logic. To get you to always think outside the box even when that out of the boxness is complete bullshit. A fluid mind is a good mind (though only if also properly kept in check). That and personal amusement because things that run on bizarre logic or illogic are amusing things to ponder.