mmm wrote:hi:) i did speak with one monk, unfortunately, the conversation did not give much insight on that occasion. Also, the few weeks i spent there were filled with so much delight in the Buddha-Dhamma i was uhm... swept away. The Sangha's excellence transformed my view of life and i considered that my experience could wait, at that time, due to numerous new and wonderful experiences i was having.
Ben wrote:It sounds like a dream or hypnogogic state.
If it were me - I wouldn't be concerned about it.
Just some interesting phenomena rising and falling.
I would caution you not to invest it with any 'meaning'.
Wishing you all the best with your meditation.
Yana wrote:Don't maintain awareness near sleep/in between sleep/or half sleep.When you sleep,sleep.Feel the drowsiness,let go and sleep.
Mahasi Sayadaw wrote:That is why meditators should always note diligently. One should not relax one’s effort, thinking, “this little lapse should not matter much.” All movements involved in lying down and arranging the arms and legs should be carefully and unremittingly noted. If there is no movement, return to noting the rising and falling of the abdomen. Even when it is getting late and time for sleep, the meditator should not stop the noting. A really serious and energetic meditator should practise mindfulness as if forgoing sleep altogether. One should go on meditating until one falls asleep. If mindfulness has the upper hand, one will not fall asleep. If, however, drowsiness is stronger, one will fall asleep. When one feels sleepy, one should note as ‘sleepy, sleepy,’ if one’s eyelids droop, as ‘drooping’; if they become heavy or leaden, as ‘heavy’; if the eyes smart, as ‘smarting.’ Noting thus, the drowsiness may pass and the eyes may become clear again. One should then note as ‘clear, clear’ and continue noting the rising and falling of the abdomen. However determined one may be, if real drowsiness intervenes, one does fall asleep. It is not difficult to fall asleep; in fact, it is easy. If you meditate in the lying posture, you soon become drowsy and easily fall asleep. That is why beginners should not meditate too much in the lying posture; they should meditate much more in the sitting and walking postures. However, as it grows late and becomes time for sleep, one should meditate in the lying position, noting the rising and falling movements of the abdomen. One will then naturally fall asleep.
http://www.aimwell.org/Books/Mahasi/Vip ... ssana.html
mikenz66 wrote:Hi Yana,Yana wrote:Don't maintain awareness near sleep/in between sleep/or half sleep.When you sleep,sleep.Feel the drowsiness,let go and sleep.
mmm wrote:OK that's the end of my account, i just wonder if anyone experienced could give me some advice, maybe there is happiness to get out of this somewhere.
Yana wrote:I understand the importance of maintaining continuity having practiced this before,
but it is a set back if you haven't developed one pointed concentration. It is much better to develop mindfulness in a wake position than it is near sleep....:
Yana wrote:We all should practice Mindfulness but it's better to practice it in a position where there are less distractions,obstacles and hindrances.
mikenz66 wrote:Well, of course this is a matter of opinion and experience and different teachers and student are likely to have different advice. Personally I don't do one-pointed concentration much. And I've never had a lucid dream or the other specific problems you describe. Of course, everyone has obstacles, but I've not had problems associated with maintaining attention as much as possible when close to sleep.
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