Whats your meditation schedule?

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Whats your meditation schedule?

Postby bodom » Tue Jan 27, 2009 2:06 pm

For myself i meditate first thing in the morning at 5:30 and sit for 30 minutes followed by 10 minutes of walking meditation then finish with another 30 minute sit. I will then sit again in the evening for 30 minutes and 10 minutes of walking. Im curious to know what everyones current formal meditation schedule is. I am looking to maybe modify my own and am looking for ideas of how others practice. Thanks!

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Re: Whats your meditation schedule?

Postby Cittasanto » Tue Jan 27, 2009 3:37 pm

bodom_bad_boy wrote:For myself i meditate first thing in the morning at 5:30 and sit for 30 minutes followed by 10 minutes of walking meditation then finish with another 30 minute sit. I will then sit again in the evening for 30 minutes and 10 minutes of walking. Im curious to know what everyones current schedule is. I am looking to maybe modify my own and am looking for ideas of how others practice. Thanks!

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Being a chef and doing various shifts means I can not develop a regular schedule besides in the morning I sit for 40 minuets before work, and on a wednesday I go to a FWBO Meeting so Have a sit on that evening.
normelly when I get home I have a hour on the computer before bed, and try to stay mindful throughout the day, very good stress buster. I also listen to a talk before bed and meditate during that so at night it varies from 20mins to an hour depending on the length
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Re: Whats your meditation schedule?

Postby clw_uk » Tue Jan 27, 2009 5:00 pm

At the moment i do 40-45 minutes when i come home from work (this varies from later afternoon to early evening because i work shifts).
I used to try morning meditation but my mind always seemed to be to drowsy so i stopped it. Never could find a good way to wake myself up enough in time lol.

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Re: Whats your meditation schedule?

Postby bodom » Tue Jan 27, 2009 5:05 pm

clw_uk wrote:At the moment i do 40-45 minutes when i come home from work (this varies from later afternoon to early evening because i work shifts).
I used to try morning meditation but my mind always seemed to be to drowsy so i stopped it. Never could find a good way to wake myself up enough in time lol.

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I take Buddhadasa's advice and sit with my eyes open to ward off any sleepiness.I find taking a quick shower before i sit helps too.

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Re: Whats your meditation schedule?

Postby clw_uk » Tue Jan 27, 2009 5:50 pm

I tried showers but still didnt wake me up, I never thought of trying it with my eyes open though, think i will try that tomorow morning :smile:

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Re: Whats your meditation schedule?

Postby mikenz66 » Tue Jan 27, 2009 8:02 pm

My regular morning schedule is 30 minutes walking then 30 minutes sitting. It takes me about 15 minutes of walking to get reasonably collected. Morning is good because I can always get it done by getting up earlier...

I have much more trouble having a regular schedule in the evening, but all this depends on how your life is organised (or not...).

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Re: Whats your meditation schedule?

Postby bodom » Tue Jan 27, 2009 8:05 pm

mikenz66 wrote:My regular morning schedule is 30 minutes walking then 30 minutes sitting. It takes me about 15 minutes of walking to get reasonably collected. Morning is good because I can always get it done by getting up earlier...

I have much more trouble having a regular schedule in the evening, but all this depends on how your life is organised (or not...).

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Yep thats why i sit first thing in the morning too. I never know what my girl has planned for later in the evening. Thanks for the reply.

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Re: Whats your meditation schedule?

Postby fijiNut » Tue Jan 27, 2009 9:36 pm

1-2 hours a day. 1 hour blocks.

I think the length would change if the Jhanas could be mastered.

But no set schedule because I find the application of practice in daily life very interesting ( sampajanna). I wonder is there any practice specifically for this: Webu Sayadaw and numerous teachers mentions how it is possible to be continually aware of the breath whilst awake and sleeping.


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Re: Whats your meditation schedule?

Postby Ben » Tue Jan 27, 2009 11:34 pm

My normal schedule is:
Twice daily: 1 hour vipassana + 5 min metta bhavana (morning and evening)
Sundays: morning as above and up to 3 hours vipassana in the evening.

At the moment its all over the place as I'm in the middle of moving house interstate.
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Re: Whats your meditation schedule?

Postby AdvaitaJ » Thu Jan 29, 2009 2:34 am

Weekends: 45-60 minutes each day in the morning just after coffee (half-caf, doesn't really affect me, I tested it)
Weekdays: 40 minutes on the commute to work (challenging environment, but better than nothing) then 25-30 minutes walking on the corporate exercise track, again far from optimal but better than nothing.
Specials: An extra 30-60 minutes once or twice a week if my wife is otherwise occupied and I have the time.

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