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by JustThis
Mon Jul 30, 2012 1:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: staying awake during meditation, non standard ideas welcome.
Replies: 50
Views: 5042

Re: staying awake during meditation, non standard ideas welcome.

Your description of what happens when it doesn't go right sounds very familiar. For years during retreats I struggled with sleepiness, I never knew when it was going to pop up. Usually after several days it would creep in, I tried numerous things with no success. Then I had a breakthrough. The day b...
by JustThis
Sat Feb 04, 2012 4:22 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditating with noise
Replies: 15
Views: 1901

Re: Meditating with noise

For the most part I prefer not only no noise but also extreme quiet. I realized several years while on an individual retreat that, for me, the most powerful aspect of retreat was deep silence. I feel that my practice at home went to a new level when I started to recreate the silence that I was immer...
by JustThis
Fri Jan 20, 2012 5:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Meditation Retreat High
Replies: 5
Views: 620

Re: Meditation Retreat High

Keep an eye on your expectations, in the beginning especially there can be a lot of variation in how your retreats go. Early on I had retreats where I was calm and peaceful with an underlying quality of bliss followed by ones filled with restlessness and frustration. After many years my retreats hav...
by JustThis
Thu Jan 12, 2012 5:03 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: anyone use the chair?
Replies: 22
Views: 2023

Re: anyone use the chair?

When using a chair one thing to experiment with is how you place your feet. I have found that by widening the distance between knees I can fold my feet around the outside of the front legs of the chair and position them further back. This allows me to position my knees so that they are lower than my...
by JustThis
Thu Jan 12, 2012 3:40 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Trouble Falling Asleep
Replies: 13
Views: 2319

Re: Trouble Falling Asleep

I was just looking through a new meditation book and it listed insomnia, like that of a sick person, as a sign of progress in meditation. First time I've ever seen that.
by JustThis
Thu Jan 12, 2012 3:35 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: anyone use the chair?
Replies: 22
Views: 2023

Re: anyone use the chair?

I started with a bench, then as I got older, when on retreat, I would alternate between that and a chair. Now I use a chair similar to what Dave posted, but a cheaper model ($69 in Office Max). I will use my office chair when at work and if you position the back and arm rests correctly it works fine.
by JustThis
Wed Jan 11, 2012 4:27 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Losing It
Replies: 5
Views: 557

Re: Losing It

One may observe conditions arise that may lead to the "lose it" That is interesting because at times I am aware of the attention wavering. Sometimes the attention shifts from the meditation object to another phenomenon such as a loud noise or an irritating itch but I don't consider that as 'losing ...
by JustThis
Tue Jan 10, 2012 3:20 pm
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Losing It
Replies: 5
Views: 557

Losing It

One of the things that I have always found fascinating about meditation is what I call "losing it". I am sure that everyone here is familiar with it, you're sitting there in touch with your meditation object and you 'lose it', you slip into 'la la land'. What's interesting is that you never see your...
by JustThis
Sun Jan 08, 2012 4:16 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Trouble Falling Asleep
Replies: 13
Views: 2319

Re: Trouble Falling Asleep

This has been my experience too most of the time when on retreat. I'd like to continue to sit and walk the trouble is while the mind isn't tired wants to keep going the body is knackered. I just try to be mindful while lying in bed, this drifts in and out and the quality of it seems quite poor, but...
by JustThis
Fri Jan 06, 2012 2:54 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Trouble Falling Asleep
Replies: 13
Views: 2319

Trouble Falling Asleep

Whenever I am on retreat or putting in a lot time sitting at home I always have trouble falling asleep. I wait until I am tired but when I climb into bed my mind is often still very 'bright' or clear and concentrated. I have tried returning to practice while laying there under the covers but for som...
by JustThis
Thu Jan 05, 2012 3:46 am
Forum: General Theravāda Meditation
Topic: Place for Month Long Retreat
Replies: 10
Views: 962

Re: Place for Month Long Retreat

This is the only place where I have done a self retreat (vs group) so I have nothing to compare it to. Extremely quiet when I go in the winter, maybe 10-12 people. Very comfortably, you set your own schedule, probably expensive, the teachers are listed, you interview 2X a week but can always ask for...
by JustThis
Wed Jan 04, 2012 1:12 am
Forum: Introductions
Topic: Hello Everyone
Replies: 7
Views: 500

Hello Everyone

I did my first meditation retreat at IMS in Massachusetts in the late 70's. Since then I have done somewhere around 20 ten day retreats, all at IMS. My last three were 10 day self retreats at the Forest Refuge (IMS). I don't have a local group or teacher, I get most of my dharma information from boo...