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Establishing and maintaining a daily practice - Dhamma Wheel

Establishing and maintaining a daily practice

General discussion of issues related to Theravada Meditation, e.g. meditation postures, developing a regular sitting practice, skillfully relating to difficulties and hindrances, etc.
Orbiting-Awareness
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Establishing and maintaining a daily practice

Postby Orbiting-Awareness » Sun Jan 17, 2010 1:47 pm

I have had a really hard time establishing a daily practice of sitting twice a day. I find myself being mindful in daily situations, but a routine being cemented just seems to be something I've always had trouble with. I seem to procrastinate quite a bit, especially with the trip I've been trying to plan. (See my pilgrimage topic)
It's not that I don't have time to meditate, quite the opposite. I have plenty of time on my hands, more then enough to meditate up to 2 hours a day, even more. I understand it's not about how long you sit, but the mindfulness and maintaining of a schedule if you will. I also have books on the subject of meditation, but find myself having a hard time really picking them up and reading them! I really need to buckle down, because if I can't get a handle on it now, it will just escalate seemingly out of control. Anyone know of some methods to help establish a daily practice, and maybe get things done (maybe a little off topic, but the root of the problem) :shrug:

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Re: Establishing and maintaining a daily practice

Postby Moggalana » Sun Jan 17, 2010 2:25 pm

A public commitment may help. See the
Let it come. Let it be. Let it go.

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bodom
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Re: Establishing and maintaining a daily practice

Postby bodom » Sun Jan 17, 2010 2:36 pm

Try sitting for just once a day until you establish the habit. You could also practice walking meditation if you prefer it. Start with one session a day your practice will grow from there

. :anjali:
To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: Establishing and maintaining a daily practice

Postby Orbiting-Awareness » Sun Jan 17, 2010 3:38 pm

So I posted on the meditation challenge topic. 10 minutes of walking for a week, then 10 walking and 10 sitting twice a day, for 2 weeks, and then bumping it up 5 minutes every week after that. I'm ready to get serious, I feel Samvega, and encountering the dhamma in this lifetime is a true blessing, and letting that pass by would be detrimental.

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Re: Establishing and maintaining a daily practice

Postby bodom » Sun Jan 17, 2010 4:03 pm

To study is to know the texts,
To practice is to know your defilements,
To attain the goal is to know and let go.

- Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo


With mindfulness immersed in the body
well established, restrained
with regard to the six media of contact,
always centered, the monk
can know Unbinding for himself.

- Ud 3.5


https://www.dhammatalks.org/index.html
http://www.ajahnchah.org/

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Re: Establishing and maintaining a daily practice

Postby Monkey Mind » Mon Jan 18, 2010 1:16 am

I have a friend who told me her solution to this problem. She made the personal commitment that she would engage in at least 30 minutes of meditation every day. To solidify her commitment, she decided she would not go to bed until she had honored this. She said that the first time she was exhausted at the end of a long day, but had to stay up even later to meditate... She quickly found the time in her schedule to meditate earlier.
"As I am, so are others;
as others are, so am I."
Having thus identified self and others,
harm no one nor have them harmed.

Sutta Nipāta 3.710

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Guy
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Re: Establishing and maintaining a daily practice

Postby Guy » Mon Jan 18, 2010 1:48 am

Four types of letting go:

1) Giving; expecting nothing back in return
2) Throwing things away
3) Contentment; wanting to be here, not wanting to be anywhere else
4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things

- Ajahn Brahm

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Re: Establishing and maintaining a daily practice

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Re: Establishing and maintaining a daily practice

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Re: Establishing and maintaining a daily practice

Postby PeterB » Tue Jan 19, 2010 8:27 am

As the late Christmas Humphries put it. First its a need. Then a habit. Then a joy.
But I would say that a measure of self discipline IS required no matter how un pc that is. The alarm goes, you can either push the snooze button, or you can put your legs over the side of the bed and stand up.


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