Problem while meditating

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Problem while meditating

Postby alfa » Sun Mar 18, 2012 7:21 am


When I meditate, I get into such a relaxed state that there is a danger of falling asleep. So I open my eyes and the meditation is disrupted. Nor can I do open eye meditation because it's a strain on my eye.

Any advice?


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Re: Problem while meditating

Postby Reductor » Sun Mar 18, 2012 7:43 am

What meditation instructions are you practicing?

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Re: Problem while meditating

Postby cooran » Sun Mar 18, 2012 7:45 am

Hello alfa,

Is it, perhaps, either sloth or torpor? If so, advice here. ... and-torpor

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Re: Problem while meditating

Postby Bhikkhu Pesala » Sun Mar 18, 2012 10:20 am

Only sit after practising walking meditation for at least half the period you have available for meditation. Its not easy to fall asleep while doing walking meditation.

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Re: Problem while meditating

Postby Cittasanto » Sun Mar 18, 2012 10:44 am

Hi Alfa
Have you tried keeping your eyes open slightly, not wide open, or changing the object?

but what are you practising?
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Re: Problem while meditating

Postby befriend » Sun Mar 18, 2012 11:11 am

raise your arms above your head for a little bit, and tilt your head up so its not drooping.
take care of mindfulness, and mindfulness will take care of you.

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Re: Problem while meditating

Postby bodom » Sun Mar 18, 2012 2:05 pm

This is our foundation: to have sati, recollection, and sampajañña, self-awareness, whether standing, walking, sitting, or reclining. Whatever arises, just leave it be, don't cling to it. Be it like or dislike, happiness or suffering, doubt or certainty... Don't try to label everything, just know it. See that all the things that arise in the mind are simply sensations. They are transient. They arise, exist and cease. That's all there is to them, they have no self or being, they are neither ''us'' nor ''them.'' They are not worthy of clinging to, any of them. - Ajahn Chah

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Re: Problem while meditating

Postby alfa » Sun Mar 18, 2012 6:00 pm

Thanks, everyone.

I try to suppress my thoughts as they arise. This calms me down.

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Re: Problem while meditating

Postby Goofaholix » Sun Mar 18, 2012 6:58 pm

alfa wrote:I try to suppress my thoughts as they arise. This calms me down.

Calming down leads to sleep, you need to energise your practise, the mind needs to be active and calm comes later.

I don't know where you learned the above approach but I don't think anyone here would recommend it.

You should bring your attention to whatever is happening in the present moment, body sensation, thought, breathing, feelings etc., noticing each and every little change arising and passing away. You want to be cultivating an alert mind not a dull mind.
"Right effort is effort with wisdom. Because where there is wisdom, there is interest. The desire to know something is wisdom at work. Being mindful is not difficult. But it’s difficult to be continuously aware. For that you need right effort. But it does not require a great deal of energy. It’s relaxed perseverance in reminding yourself to be aware. When you are aware, wisdom unfolds naturally, and there is still more interest." - Sayadaw U Tejaniya

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