Laurens wrote:I set myself the goal of doing at least 20 mins of sitting and 20 mins of walking meditation each day for the rest of the month.
It might not sound too tough, but last Christmas I found maintaining my meditation practice during all the commotion quite difficult!
Khalil Bodhi wrote:Hello O-A,
Sadhu! Sadhu! Sadhu! I am making a new aditthana for the new year to meditate in a formal posture for an hour each day until 4/1/10. Be well!
the suttas say 'gone to the wilderness to the root of a tree, or to an empty building' the wilderness mentioned isn't some safe serene place as would be commonly thought, but somewhere you may get eaten by tigers, or snakes I know of two occurrences of this happening to monks in the last century with snakes partially swallowing them, once in thailand and the other in tibet, pretty much the same story just different people and area and other stories of encounters with Tigers one straight from the monks mouth. It would of been the same 2500 years ago! would you say that place was conductive to meditation?
Well I feel that people are products of their environment, and if you're in a crazy enough place, for long enough... Chances are you might go crazy! But I think that you can truly practice the Dhamma anywhere. Living in a bustling place with all kinds of tantalizing distractions coming and going, your willpower will be tested time and again, which in the long run can help you greatly. As for Impeding on the process? Well, I'd say I've hit quite a few speed bumps in my practice, that I probably wouldn't have encountered if I was say in the middle of nowhere, U.S.A. There are quite a few trade offs to living in a populated area. If I didn't live here, I wouldn't have encountered the Dhamma! It's not the most serene place, but if you are around other people, chances are someone's meditating among them, even if that person is you!
Welcome to the Dhamma Wheel meditation challenge.
The purpose of this thread is to provide an avenue by which members can find support and be supported by members of our community in the challenge of maintaining their daily practice. Members may wish to utilise this thread by diarising the vicisitudes of daily meditation, by making public a challenge they may set for themselves to maintain their daily practice, and for members to support others. Members may wish to start something like a monthly 'club' of co-practitioners who share the same ambition of maintaining their practice for the month of (say) November and provide mutual support for each other.
The focus of the thread should be about giving and receiving support. For issues relating to the efficacy of one technique over another, then that should be in its own thread.
adept wrote:Trying very hard to maintain 20-30 minutes daily of Anapanasati while in full lotus. I may dedicate one day per week to metta meditation as I think it's something I need to work on.
Then again, the focus of my meditations may change as I get to grips with Ven. Analyo's Sattipathana Sutta book.
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