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Post meditation, what to do?

General discussion of issues related to Theravada Meditation, e.g. meditation postures, developing a regular sitting practice, skillfully relating to difficulties and hindrances, etc.
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Post meditation, what to do?

Postby Laurens » Thu Jan 21, 2010 4:12 pm

I struggle sometimes to find a way to incorperate mediation into my daily life. I know that they say meditation should not just be done on the cushion, but I am not entirely sure how I can make the transition. Is it something that I should make a concious effort to do? Or is it something that happens naturally the more I practice?

Right now I often find myself doing OK on the cushion, but not too long after finding myself caught up in greed, hatred and delusion. Is this the practice? The fact that I notice myself in these states? Or is there more of a concious effort to be made on my part?

I would appreciate if someone could clear up exactly what is meant by continuing meditation practice, beyond sitting for 30 mins twice a day, cause it is something that I have never been sure of.

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Re: Post meditation, what to do?

Postby Reductor » Thu Jan 21, 2010 5:53 pm

Set a timer on your watch (phone), and when it goes off resolve on a 10-30 minutes of 'clear awareness'. Being clear of your bodily, verbal and mental actions. Do this once or twice a day, making it longer and longer or more and more frequent.

That is one suggestion.

I find it helpful to classify my thoughts under the hindrances.. When I become aware of sexual desire I have a mental noting 'sexual desire' and then attempt to stand back from it and see what caused it, what factors are promoting it, and see if I can undercut it. When it abates I take stock of its absence, and try to discern if I feel better after it arose, or better after it subsided.

A different approach.

But just keep meditation, and you will find that the better your meditation the more aware you will be during the day. You can also classify you're thoughts, when you notice them, as 'this is pleasant' or 'this is painful', or 'this is neutral'. You will build the habit of reflection one thoughts at a time.

These are all my own take on different parts of the Satipatthana. You can set cues in your day (like an alarm) and then meditate on what your doing at that time (filing, sitting, running, etc).

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Re: Post meditation, what to do?

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Re: Post meditation, what to do?

Postby jcsuperstar » Thu Jan 21, 2010 7:25 pm

it's not so much about continuing meditation throughout the day as it is about keeping right mindfulness throughout the day. i dont use the noting technique when i sit (though i did learn this style in thailand) however i find it useful to use it in daily activities when problems arise, maybe to say to myself "anger anger" or "greed greed" when it arises, to just know it is what it is and not attach to it, not to let it lead me down a path of conditioning even more akusala mindstates.
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Re: Post meditation, what to do?

Postby zavk » Thu Jan 21, 2010 11:45 pm

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Re: Post meditation, what to do?

Postby David N. Snyder » Fri Jan 22, 2010 4:00 am

Something I like to do (or try to do) is to watch Right Speech. We use it all the time in the course of the day. So in conversations I try to watch my sensations and observations to the speech going on. When it is my turn to respond I watch to see if wholesome or unwholesome thoughts are arising or not. I try to respond with wholesome speech or gauge if my speech is even necessary or not. Is it mindless chatter, important to the conversation, etc.

This can be done on online forums too, observing our thoughts and actions online. :)
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Re: Post meditation, what to do?

Postby Guy » Fri Jan 22, 2010 4:16 am

It is a bit easier to practice Right Speech online due to the Backspace key, but a good place to practice anyway. :computerproblem:
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

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