General discussion of issues related to Theravada Meditation, e.g. meditation postures, developing a regular sitting practice, skillfully relating to difficulties and hindrances, etc.
2x1 hr (1 morning 1 evening), 3-4 x1 hr on a good day. At least 30'/day if I don't have time.
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Collective wrote: it's almost as if I've told myself subconsciously '20 minutes is too long for you to focus - so don't even bother'. Then there's a feeling of restlessness (a classic I know) where I could be doing a million other things instead.
What's up Collective. Sounds like you and I are confronting similar issues. I can't sit still for the appointed 30 minutes. Something happened last night that gave me some insight into this dilemma. Quite by accident my usual timer went missing and so I decided to practice without it. I usually sit for 30 minutes timed, so I tried to emulate my normal practice absent the timer and without obsessing about hitting my 30 minute mark exactly. I just let it go. The difference in terms of quality was noticeable. It was almost as if the timer was a safety net and by taking it down I forced my hand to find some balance for myself. In a very spontaneous way I was in a better position to experience the restlessness as it is, without acting on it. I certainly did not expect the answer to be in less timing.
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once a day b4 work
though once school is out for summer (no work) i'm planning on all sorts of stuff
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the mountain may be heavy in and of itself, but if you're not trying to carry it it's not heavy to you- Ajaan Suwat
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