Sun's up, fun's over.
tiltbillings wrote:Don't be shy about using bright lighting to help you stay awake, and don't be shy about doing more walking than sitting, and don't be shy about doing standing rather sitting meditaion to help you stay awake.
About 4:00AM onwards the sitting was not so good, much nodding, almost fell off my stool a couple of times. I didn't do any standing meditation, but I did a fair bit of walking. Had a bright light on all night.
Dan74 wrote:Some people like to bend forwards at the waist as far as they can in meditation to combat drowsiness (probably helps the blood to go to the head).
I did this quite a bit throughout the night. I found it quite helpful, thanks!
Dan74 wrote:Also fresh air may help... Some have sat in the cold but it can be a bit extreme.
I wasn't brave enough to try this, its almost winter where I live...maybe next time.
PeterB wrote:Walking a little certainly helps. As does a little quiet chanting.
Indeed, I chanted the Metta Sutta which gave me some energy.
mikenz66 wrote:I think I did two nights one weekend and one night some other weekend.
Two nights in a row?! Too ascetic for me!
mikenz66 wrote:To me it seems a little odd to go on "retreat" and continue to post on the internet, but perhaps I'm oldfashioned.
I wouldn't categorize it as a retreat, more like an experiment for the effects of sleep deprivation on meditation. I had to look after the puppy which took perhaps a couple of hours in total, sweet little thing, but rather needy. I would like to try this experiment again though within the context of a month long self-retreat, free of all those distractions.
A few things which I learned from the experience:
1) Even though I was hungry and tired I was quite happy and content thanks to my inner resources. This helps strengthen my faith in myself and in the Dhamma that I do not need to rely so much on physical needs being met to be happy. Obviously I am going to have a good meal and a nice rest now, but it is good to see that it doesn't matter so much if I go a few hours without. Actually I feel pretty good right now! (But of course that's impermanent)
2) Thinking too much increases the tiredness very rapidly. The less thoughts that came into my mind, the less I felt the need for sleep.
3) The urge to lie down and sleep came in waves. Before I began I thought that it might just get stronger and stronger, but it seemed like there is a definite build up of tiredness to a certain point, but if I stay mindful then energy starts to build up in the place of the tiredness.
Thanks all once again for your input and support.