BryanRoberts wrote:Dawn, thanks for the reply, I think there is merit to this philosophy and am glad you reminded me of it. However, I depends on internet access because of my work.
I am interested to know what I can do to avoid feeling tarped when on the computer for extended times, what is a good means of breaking the chain when I find myself in the thick of it, so to speak?
Rowyourboat, yes I do have a lot of free time, I have built my life around creating as much free time as possible. What I am interested in is how to make the most of this free time. I do not want a busy life full of stimulation, it is a quiet mind and meditative life that I seek. Perhaps there is merit to creating more structure though, but only as a stop gap.
Today has gone rather well, I have meditated for about 4 hours, yay! Lowering my goal to simply stepping away from the computer (instead of going straight to meditation) seems to be helping. Still, I want to sit for longer and longer periods, to have the discipline to have meditation retreats without needing group support.
You have to find your own medicament for your mind, every door have a different key.
Actualy, reading your post, i find that we are in the same situation.
A lot of free time. I dont know if you dwell alone, but if you do, i think you have to create some daily graphic axed on practice, calm and mind-release.
Perharps my daily graphic will help someone. I hope so.
3 pm - wake up
3.00 -3.15 - shower
3.15 - 4.00 - sit maditation
4.00 - 5.00 - reading sutta (Samyutta Nikaya)
5.00 - 6.00 - eating + cheking internet (dhammawheel + russian dhamma forum)
6.00 pm- 1.00 am - job time (with 2 hours in road, so i try to do it mindfully )
1.00 - 2.00 - sit meditation
2.00 - 3.00 - internet cheking
3.00 - 4.00 - sit or lay meditation
4.00 - 5.00 - reading sutta (Digha Nikaya)
5.00 - 6.00 - cheking internet
6.00 - 7.00 - listening audio books
8.00 - 9.00 - sit meditation
9.00 - 10.00 - lay meditation.
3.00 pm - wake up...
Of corse he is not so straight, minute to minute, but is the sceleton.
for exemple now i respond you, and it's 8.10 AM oclock