Anapana Almost Impossible now...

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Re: Anapana Almost Impossible now...

Postby Mkoll » Wed Feb 05, 2014 4:50 pm

Another thing you can do is take a really short nap in the afternoon with the clear intention when you lie down that you will arise at the end of the alotted time. You can use a timer too.

The Buddha gave some advice to Ven. Moggallana in AN 7.61 concerning drowsiness. What's below is from my notes and a short nap would fall under the last method.

AN 7.61: How to remove drowsiness, from most to least preferable way
o Don’t attend to or concentrate on the object that you were attending to when you became drowsy.
o Ponder, examine, and mentally inspect the Dhamma as you have heard it and learned it.
o Recite in detail the Dhamma as you have heard it and learned it.
o Pull both ears and rub your limbs with your hands.
o Get up, rub your eyes with water, survey all quarters, look up at the constellations and the stars.
o Attend to the perception of light; undertake the perception of day; as by day, so at night…as at night, so by day; develop a mind imbued with luminosity.
o Walk back and forth, perceiving what is behind you and what is in front, with your sense faculties drawn in and your mind collected.
o If all else fails, take a very short nap in the lion’s posture and get up quickly when done, thinking: ‘I will not be intent on the pleasure of rest, the pleasure of sloth, the pleasure of sleep.’

When this is, that is.
From the arising of this comes the arising of that.
When this isn't, that isn't.
From the cessation of this comes the cessation of that.
-SN 12.61

Ex nihilo nihil fit.

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