thereductor wrote:Today has been a day of merry-making, as it is my daughter's sixth birthday. I love that kid so, so much!
thereductor wrote:All the activity did have a slight cost, however, because I fell asleep on the couch again.
thereductor wrote:But when I awoke, as I seem to when my day's meditation is undone, I sat for an hour.
thereductor wrote:It went well, with a healthy measure of calm and relinquishment. After about 40 minutes I stretched my legs, which always go to sleep, and returned to my seat.
thereductor wrote:I spent the next 15 or so minutes with the 32 parts. Other than anapanasati, the 32 parts are my favourite focus for contemplation. Of course, when taken as focus, they in fact lead straight back to the body and mind. They are simply well suited to my strong tendency toward lust, is all.
thereductor wrote:It is possible to yammer a long time about meditation, I am beginning to realize. So, I'll say goodnight now.
thereductor wrote: <--- This is for everyone.
Yana wrote:hi everyone...
am so annoyed!...for 4 days in a row have been meditating twice a day...i know it seems like nothing to most people here BUT omg..That took Every ounce of effort!From the time i last posted i have failed to meditate twice a day always ending up meditating once a day..then Finally i adapted to twice a day..failed a few more days..skipped days...then the Only time i managed 4 days in a row...i managed to screw that up too..Today I Failed not Once but Twice grr!!!sigh...i blame bad time management skills.Was suppose to wake up and mediate decided to slack off a bit then had to go for a picnic all day.
Good job yana ..good job...now i have to go back all the way to 5 minutes.!!grr..
Hope everyone else's doing fine.
Ben wrote:Hi thereductor,
Be easy on yourself. I know from my own experience that one of the worst things about lack of sleep is the anxiety of not getting sleep. The internal beating oneself up over it. In the short-term, invest in some ear plugs. In the medium term - and if its a possibility - move to somewhere a bit more peaceful.
All the best,
Ben wrote:Congratulations on your awesome effort, thereductor.
Its not an easy task to cultivate virtue, samadhi and panna when the whole world is moving in the other direction.
Its quite an achievement. I encourage you to continue with your challenge and to maintain your meditative practice for another thirty days.
May the Dhamma be your anchora salutis (anchor of salvation) in this time of personal difficulty.
d.sullivan wrote:For various reasons (school being a big one), my practice has waned lately. It has bothered me a great deal, but I was so stressed with school I could never bring myself to meditate when there was homework to be done. I need to learn to re-organize my priorities, because in the long run I actually care about my practice more, but this is not always reflected in my actions.
In any case, it is the summer now and I want to get my practice back in order. I did this challenge a couple times in the past, and it worked very well. Since my experience has born this to be very skillful means, I'm back.
This week I wish to practice for half and hour each day. I would prefer this occur in the morning, but it is my first week back and I am going to be flexible. Next week perhaps I will require greater discipline.
Thank you, everyone here, for providing this space of encouragement. You are all my benefactors
Wishing you all the very best!
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