drowsiness / sleepy while walking meditation

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drowsiness / sleepy while walking meditation

Postby purple planet » Thu Sep 20, 2012 10:31 am

How to deal with this ?

cause when i note : tiredness...tiredness...tiredness it dosnt go away - why dosnt it go away ?

so i would appricate two types of answers- tricks on how to keep the walking meditation without sleeping or answers to why the tiredness dosnt go away when i notice it or you can answer both questions
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Re: drowsiness / sleepy while walking meditation

Postby Hanzze » Thu Sep 20, 2012 10:33 am

Go back ward some steps fastly, without turning your head backward.
Just that! *smile*
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BUT! it is important to become a real Buddhist first. Like Punna did: Punna Sutta Nate sante baram sokham _()_
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Re: drowsiness / sleepy while walking meditation

Postby tiltbillings » Thu Sep 20, 2012 10:35 am

purple planet wrote:How to deal with this ?

cause when i note : tiredness...tiredness...tiredness it dosnt go away - why dosnt it go away ?
Why do you want it to go away. If the tiredness is what is there, pay attention to it. And note the wanting it to go away.
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Re: drowsiness / sleepy while walking meditation

Postby James the Giant » Thu Sep 20, 2012 10:53 am

purple planet wrote:tricks on how to keep the walking meditation without sleeping

Yes, walking backwards is good. True! Monks have told me to do this!
Then,
saturated with joy,
you will put an end to suffering and stress.
SN 9.11
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Re: drowsiness / sleepy while walking meditation

Postby Alobha » Thu Sep 20, 2012 11:04 am

purple planet wrote:How to deal with this ?

cause when i note : tiredness...tiredness...tiredness it dosnt go away - why dosnt it go away ?

so i would appricate two types of answers- tricks on how to keep the walking meditation without sleeping or answers to why the tiredness dosnt go away when i notice it or you can answer both questions


Tricks to keep walking meditation without sleeping:
- Don't fight tiredness. Make peace with it.
- Walk backwards
- walk barefoot on a (stony) path
- Imagine that there is an executioner behind you who will kill you if you lose mindfulness.
- Other death contemplations that get you focused
- Stretching your body, pulling your ear lobes
- caffein
- do walking meditation in the morning and not in the evening or at night

Why the tiredness doesn't go away:
There are many possible reasons and it's impossible to tell without further information.
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Re: drowsiness / sleepy while walking meditation

Postby DAWN » Thu Sep 20, 2012 11:06 am

My drowsiness pass away after 30 min
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Re: drowsiness / sleepy while walking meditation

Postby JackV » Sun Sep 23, 2012 11:06 am

Tiredness is a continual problem for me.
For me there is no way of getting it to "go away" so I just have to work on my attitude to accept "this is tiredness" the mind is like this (see the features of tiredness like lack of clarity and focus, thoughts drifting off) and accept that that a tired mind is like this.

It's still hard because it feels as though this "isn't meditating" but being aware of mindstates, their nature and how they feel - also seeing that they are not you or yours - I suppose is a pretty important part. I still find it annoying, but thats yet another thing / reaction of mind to see.
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Re: drowsiness / sleepy while walking meditation

Postby James the Giant » Sun Sep 23, 2012 12:03 pm

JackV wrote:... being aware of mindstates, their nature and how they feel - also seeing that they are not you or yours - I suppose is a pretty important part.

Dude! That's great, that's some of the most important parts right there. That's Cittanupassana and Dhammanupassana. That is REAL real meditation.
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