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The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

General discussion of issues related to Theravada Meditation, e.g. meditation postures, developing a regular sitting practice, skillfully relating to difficulties and hindrances, etc.
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Ajisai
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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Ajisai » Sat Aug 31, 2013 3:25 am

Because of my changing working and living conditions I have not been able to practice meditation everyday this week :cry: , but I keep practicing everytime I have the occasion too. I did a very good session two days ago, I never had so much concentration, things are improving.

I found a theravada association in Tokyo and there is going to be a Dhamma teaching+meditation time in september. Beginners can get personal advice from a monk and this might help me getting the right posture and stuff. I have already registered for the meeting and I am really happy :smile:

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Weakfocus
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Month 2

Postby Weakfocus » Mon Sep 16, 2013 8:39 am

After a mostly succesful first month -just skipped three sittings- I begin second month of daily meditation. Internet issues continue to plague me, so some entries might be logged at later dates.

This month I resolve to sit for at least 25 minutes (thanks Ajisai) every morning and evening. An increase of 5 minutes from first month, taking small steps since mind is always way too hyperactive and agitated to make a longer sitting possible.

20130915
<Failure, skipped morning sitting>
Did my evening sitting.

20130916
Did my morning sitting.
Did my evening sitting.

20130917
Did my morning sitting.
Did my evening sitting.

20130918
Did my morning sitting.
Did my evening sitting.

20130919
Did my morning sitting.
Did my evening sitting.

20130920
Did my morning sitting.
Did my evening sitting.

20130921
Did my morning sitting.
Did my evening sitting.

20130922
Did my morning sitting.
Did my evening sitting.

20130923
Did my morning sitting.
Did my evening sitting.

20130924
Did my morning sitting.
Did my evening sitting.

20130925
Did my morning sitting.
Did my evening sitting.

20130926
Did my morning sitting.
Did my evening sitting.

20130927
Did my morning sitting.
Did my evening sitting.

20130928
Did my morning sitting.
Did my evening sitting.

20130929
<Failure>
Did my evening sitting.

20130930
Did my morning sitting.
Did my evening sitting.

20131001
<Failure>
Did my evening sitting.

20131002
Did my morning sitting.
Did my evening sitting.

20131003
Did my morning sitting.
Did my evening sitting.

From today till 14th Oct, I will do 30 minutes sittings.

20131004
Did my morning sitting.
Did my evening sitting.

20131005
Did my morning sitting.
Did my evening sitting.

20131006
Did my "morning" sitting.
Did my evening sitting.

20131007
Did my morning sitting.
Did my evening sitting.

20131008
Did my morning sitting.
Did my evening sitting.

20131009
Did my morning sitting.
Did my evening sitting.

20131010
Did my morning sitting.
Did my evening sitting.

20131011
Did my morning sitting.
Did my evening sitting.

20131012
Did my morning sitting.
Did my evening sitting.

20131013
Did my morning sitting.
Did my evening sitting.

20131014
Did my morning sitting.
Did my evening sitting.
Last edited by Weakfocus on Mon Oct 14, 2013 12:20 pm, edited 54 times in total.

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Ajisai
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Re: Month 2

Postby Ajisai » Mon Sep 16, 2013 10:59 am


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Weakfocus
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Month 3

Postby Weakfocus » Tue Oct 15, 2013 3:41 am

Second month of daily meditation is over. Mostly successful, I skipped some days because mind was too wild and frantic. Also, the quality of meditation was very poor on most days, I need to make bigger effort to focus on breath / one point.

Still, I have more self-confidence now that I can do daily meditation than 60 days ago. Never thought I would come so far, although I have so much farther still to go and gradually take my practice upto 60 minute sittings.

This third month I resolve to practice at least 35 minutes every morning and evening.

20131015
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131016
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131017
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131018
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131019
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131020
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131021
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131022
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131023
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131024
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131025
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131026
<Failure>
Evening sitting.

20131027
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131028
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131029
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131030
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131031
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

From today till 14 Nov, 2013, I resolve to sit and do anapanasati for 40 minutes every morning and evening.

20131101
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131102
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131103
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131104
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131105
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131106
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131107
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131108
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131109
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131110
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131111
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131112
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131113
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131114
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.
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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Lillypond » Mon Nov 04, 2013 12:36 am

Sit down every night before bed for 30 mins to focus on breathing meditation. I may even get some decent sleep out of it. :zzz:

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby steeltarrow » Thu Nov 07, 2013 10:37 pm

I set out to do sitting meditation for 20 minutes each night before bed. At some point I hope to add a second session earlier in the day.

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Reductor » Fri Nov 08, 2013 6:27 am


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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Weakfocus » Fri Nov 08, 2013 6:41 pm


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Month 4

Postby Weakfocus » Fri Nov 15, 2013 6:32 am

Third month of daily sitting is over. A very mixed month. The biggest negative is that in many sittings there was barely any mindfulness, I daydreamt through the entire sitting. This daydreaming and fictional-world-building has been getting worse. I have also had to 'fight' myself to sit, the temptation to skip meditation has been so strong on some days.

On the positive side I finally find these daily sittings doable. The pain in legs and lower has reduced -or I have just developed resistance to it- and thus I am better able to devote attention to breath. Also positive is that while I was extremely sleepy and tired on some days, I managed to find some hidden reserve of determination to sit and meditate. And on some days this past month I experienced my best mindfulness, yet.

A month of polar opposites co-existing together, really. I'll focus on the positives and take them as sign of gradual progress.

And now on to the fourth month. This month I resolve to practice Anapanasati meditation every morning and evening for at least 45 minutes. My primary goal this month is to make stronger effort to improve the mindfulness and make the most of daily sittings, rather than use them to daydream as has unfortunately been happening past few days.


20131115
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131116
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131117
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131118
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting. *

20131119
Morning sitting. *
Evening sitting.

20131120
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131121
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131122
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131123
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131124
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131125
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131126
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131127
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131128
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131129
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131130
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

From today till 14th Dec, I will do 50 minutes sittings.

20131201
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131202
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131203
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131204
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131205
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131206
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131207
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131208
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131209
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131210
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131211
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131212
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131213
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20131214
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

* late entries due to lack of internet connection.
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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby redmaverick » Mon Dec 02, 2013 2:21 am

I am not able to keep up my resolution to sit everyday.
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Weakfocus
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Month 5

Postby Weakfocus » Sun Dec 15, 2013 9:13 am

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby ES06 » Wed Dec 25, 2013 10:15 pm

I have two plans:
1) to meditate every morning 30 minutes up to last day of January. Starting tomorrow morning. Evening meditations if I feel like doing so...

2) Go to a meditation group in nearby town once during next month. (once in every month, actually)

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Buckwheat » Wed Dec 25, 2013 10:59 pm

I have hardly meditated the last few months. A while ago I sat everyday for about 90 days, but as soon as I missed a single day and lost my streak I quickly declined into spotty practice. In a talk, Ven Thanissaro recommended setting weekly goals so that a goal is not thrown out the window for a single day of lapse. I like one hour sessions, so my target will build some wiggle room on good days and use it up on lazy days.

Goal = 300 minutes (5 hrs) per week now thru January. (~45 min/day ; ~22 hrs/month)
Sotthī hontu nirantaraṃ - May you forever be well.

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby redmaverick » Sat Dec 28, 2013 12:37 pm


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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Bodhisurfer » Sat Dec 28, 2013 2:25 pm

Right its nearly the start of the 'New Year' its also my birthday... all good times for reflection :smile:
having seen this thread and knowing what i know about myself I'm going for (initially) 10 minutes in the morning and 10 minutes of Metta in the evening :heart:

and I'm going to turn this computer off and start now :anjali:
Sabbe dhamma nalam abhinivesaya

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Postby Babadhari » Sat Dec 28, 2013 8:04 pm

Aflame with the fire of passion, the fire of aversion, the fire of delusion.
Aflame, with birth, aging & death, with sorrows, lamentations, pains, distresses, & despairs ......

Seeing thus, the disciple of the Noble One grows disenchanted. SN 35.28

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Month 6

Postby Weakfocus » Wed Jan 15, 2014 8:39 am

Fifth month of daily sitting is over. Time for the monthly 'report card'.

On 23 December I decided to change the height of the cushion I put under my ass. Until then I had been sitting on a firm cushion that boosted me about 3.5", and thus made sitting very easy. But I got to thinking that I would not have such a high cushion when I go to my Vipassana course sometime in the next few months, and thus chose a more realistic cushion that raised my hips only an inch.

The effect of this change was dramatic. Sittings became very difficult, I could not keep my back straight for more than 10 seconds and there was strong discomfort in legs and lower back. My legs started falling asleep big time, it would take 3-4 minutes to wake them up after a sitting. It was back to square one, the daily sittings became daily torture session. All the discomfort that I experienced in my first few months came back. I found it very difficult to maintain awareness of breath in face of this challenge.

Most alarmingly, my motivation to meditate daily started to weaken. I was no longer meditating, but merely enduring. So I accepted my weakness and deloaded to sittings of smaller duration and built up my confidence and mindfulness all over again. The body is malleable and the mind is trainable, so now by the end of the month I find these sittings 'doable' again. Daily sittings are no longer a torture, although still a healthy challenge.

The experience of this month is almost indescribable. It was like going through all the experiences of first three months, all over again, in just twenty days. Most months uptil now have been an exercise in surviving the crucible, but this month was special. It was as if someone (er, me) put a lid on my crucible and turned the heat upto 11. A real pressure cooker of a month. All the same, a very beneficial month. I found my limits. I learnt very important lessons in patience and perseverance, this should help me in future when other challenges arise.

As I end this month I find many positives. Earlier my tendency in face of physical discomfort was to start building pleasant fictional thought worlds to distract the mind, this time I spent far more time in noting the sensation and bringing back the attention to breath.

As a result of that, my mindfulness has not really weakened compared to last month. Inspite of all the drama I am infact ahead. During sittings, there is an almost constant awareness of some sensation or the other in the moustache area, although my aim for now is to stay with respiration and not observe these sensation. My legs now wake up in 30 seconds or less. I am able to keep back straight and sit very still for almost sixty seconds at a time. Everything is improving steadily. Best part is now I am more aware of mind losing its awareness of breath, and thus able to bring it back to breath more quickly. I no longer spend five minutes or more in thought worlds, I am able to catch myself in less than two minutes. Progress.


And now onto the sixth month. This month I resolve to practice Anapanasati meditation every morning and evening for at least 45 minutes. The aim is to maintain persistent, unbroken awareness of incoming and outgoing breath, as much as possible.


20140115
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20140116
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20140117
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20140118
Morning sitting.
<Failure, 40 minute evening sitting>

20140119
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20140120
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20140121
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20140122
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20140123
Morning sitting.
<Failure>

20140124
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20140125
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20140126
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20140127
Morning sitting.
<Failure, 40 minute evening sitting>

20140128
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20140129
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20140130
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20140131
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.


From today till 14 Feb 2014, I will meditate 50 minutes every morning and evening.

20140201
Morning sitting.
<Failure, 45 minute evening sitting>

20140202
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20140203
Morning sitting.
<Failure, 45 minute evening sitting>

20140204
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20140205
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20140206
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20140207
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20140208
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20140209
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20140210
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20140211
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20140212
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20140213
<Failure>
Evening sitting.

20140214
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

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Month 7

Postby Weakfocus » Sat Feb 15, 2014 6:30 am

Another month is gone. :broke:

If last month I suffered physically, this month it was my turn to be defeated mentally. Mental focus became very weak. I lost most all touch of respiration, and keeping the mind focused on incoming and outgoing breath became a huge chore. Mind became extremely wild and started spending long periods in fictional thought worlds. I felt very helpless, nothing worked. There were some sittings in which I had no awareness of respiration except for one or two breaths. I have not experienced such poor mindfullness until now, as a beginner I had better focus and concenteration.

I will keep making my best efforts. There were one or two sittings when I was able to keep attention on breath as well as I ever have, so it was not all bad. Just going through a trough, I suppose. I have always been avid for quick progress on the path, patience is a virtue I sorely lack. So this month was a hard lesson that taught me to make persistent effort without expectations. Very humbling.

And now onto the seventh month. This month I resolve to practice Anapanasati meditation every morning and evening for at least 55 minutes.


20140215
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20140216
Morning sitting.
<Failure, 50 minute Evening Sitting>

20140217
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20140218
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20140219
Morning sitting.
<Failure, 45 minute Evening Sitting>

20140220
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20140221
<Failure, 45 minute Morning Sitting>
<Failure, 50 minute Evening Sitting>

20140222
Morning sitting.
<Failure, 50 minute Evening Sitting>

20140223
<Failure, 50 minute Morning Sitting>
<Failure, 45 minute Evening Sitting>

20140224
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20140225
Morning sitting.
<Failure, 50 minute Evening Sitting>

20140226
<Failure>
Evening sitting.

20140227
Morning sitting.
<Failure, 50 minute Evening Sitting>

20140228
Morning sitting.
<Failure>

20140301
<Failure, 50 minute Morning Sitting>
Evening sitting.

20140302
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20140303
<Failure, 50 minute Morning Sitting>
Evening sitting.

20140304
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20140305
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20140306
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20140307
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20140308
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20140309
Morning sitting.
<Failure, 50 minute Evening Sitting>

20140310
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20140311
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20140312
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.

20140313
Morning sitting.
<Failure>

20140314
Morning sitting.
Evening sitting.
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Re: Month 7

Postby rowboat » Sat Feb 15, 2014 7:35 am

Rain soddens what is covered up,
It does not sodden what is open.
Therefore uncover what is covered
That the rain will not sodden it.
Ud 5.5

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Re: Month 7

Postby Babadhari » Sat Feb 15, 2014 7:35 pm

Aflame with the fire of passion, the fire of aversion, the fire of delusion.
Aflame, with birth, aging & death, with sorrows, lamentations, pains, distresses, & despairs ......

Seeing thus, the disciple of the Noble One grows disenchanted. SN 35.28


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