Meditation in the bus

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Meditation in the bus

Postby Jay1 » Fri Feb 01, 2013 6:51 pm

Hi, I've got some more questions for yal :woohoo:

I take bus every morning, instead of daydreaming, would it be wise to meditate? But how? I tried breath meditation but it's hard because of the way the seats are slanted. Also I can't close my eyes, so there's that. I also tried to simply be aware. But alas, I got confused of what I should be aware of. Is it my feat on the ground? Is the my back on the seat? Oh, and did I mention that I can't close my eyes?

I know that it's important to be mindful throughout the day and it seemed simple and easy but having tried it, mindfulness is confusing, to me.

Many thanks :D
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Re: Meditation in the bus

Postby Goofaholix » Fri Feb 01, 2013 8:05 pm

Sitting, seeing, hearing, body sensations, thoughts, feelings etc... it's all going on just stay with what's really happening, no need to add anything else to it unless you're having trouble keeping up with it all.
"Proper effort is not the effort to make something particular happen. It is the effort to be aware and awake each moment." - Ajahn Chah
"When we see beyond self, we no longer cling to happiness. When we stop clinging, we can begin to be happy." - Ajahn Chah
"Know and watch your heart. It’s pure but emotions come to colour it." — Ajahn Chah
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Re: Meditation in the bus

Postby m0rl0ck » Fri Feb 01, 2013 9:30 pm

I usually do metta for my fellow passengers on the bus. Its a good use of the time, and prevents me from thinking unkind thots about them.
"Even if you've read the whole Canon and can remember lots of teachings; even if you can explain them in poignant ways, with lots of people to respect you; even if you build a lot of monastery buildings, or can explain inconstancy, stress, and not-self in the most detailed fashion ... The only thing that serves your own true purpose is release from suffering.

"And you'll be able to gain release from suffering only when you know the one mind."

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Re: Meditation in the bus

Postby Digity » Sat Feb 02, 2013 6:30 am

Jay1 wrote:I take bus every morning, instead of daydreaming, would it be wise to meditate? But how? I tried breath meditation but it's hard because of the way the seats are slanted. Also I can't close my eyes, so there's that. I also tried to simply be aware. But alas, I got confused of what I should be aware of. Is it my feat on the ground? Is the my back on the seat? Oh, and did I mention that I can't close my eyes:

The object of meditation is completely up to you, but just pick one and stick with it. It could just be the sensation of the body sitting.
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Re: Meditation in the bus

Postby Digity » Sat Feb 02, 2013 6:32 am

m0rl0ck wrote:I usually do metta for my fellow passengers on the bus. Its a good use of the time, and prevents me from thinking unkind thots about them.

Ha! Maybe I should do that too. My biggest pet peeve is people talking on their cellphone on the bus! It's annoying hearing them talk!
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Re: Meditation in the bus

Postby philosopher » Sat Feb 02, 2013 5:56 pm

Sometimes in noisy areas I like to take as the object all of the sensations through my sense of hearing, so I try to listen for even the smallest sounds and subtlest vibrations. I'd be interested to hear if this helps reduce the irritation of people talking on their phones; you might find that instead of hearing the talking you start hearing the sounds that make up the words, for instance. Loud conversations are a pet peeve of mine as well.

The other thing you could do is bring headphones and use some noise canceling sound or whatever you'd like to listen to if initially the noise is too distracting and you prefer to take as an object your breath, for instance. I think in situations in which mindfulness is challenging it can be helpful to first adopt a narrow point of focus.

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