What I'd change if I could repeat my first year meditating

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What I'd change if I could repeat my first year meditating

Post by MarkNZed » Sat Jul 26, 2014 6:06 pm

I've not completed my first year yet. I hope some people who have will share what they would do differently if they had the chance to go back and start again.

The idea of the topic is to share what you would change, not what you would repeat :)

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Re: What I'd change if I could repeat my first year meditati

Post by purple planet » Sat Jul 26, 2014 7:12 pm

My mistakes which im not sure are mistakes if you do a different technique than my own - but if you do mahsi style it might be helpful advice

I would have done the walking meditation only before the sitting meditation
I would have done the walking and sitting meditation exactly the same time
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IFvablc6EI
In the walking meditation i used to just moved from secondary object to another - i didnt do the stoping and forgot about the primary object which is important for the building of concentration, what i did was : hearing-pain-itch-worry-planing ect ect
what i should have done for instance when i heared something :i should have labeled (and done) "right stepping" "left stepping" "stopping"*3 -"hearing"*3- "standing"*3 and than continue with the main object - "right stepping" "left stepping"

I would give special attention to changing of poster during the day and label it :"siting" "rising" "standing" "lying"
I wouldnt give so much attention on trying to synchronize the "right/left stepping" so much its good to have in mind that the action should be hapening with the labeling - but i shouldnt have put so much effort in trying to make it perfect - this only harmed my practice

i would meditate from the start on the bed with a pillow behind me which is leaning on the wall - i would have done the procrastination on the bed also - but if you dont have back pain like i do - its best to avoid it so you wont get to sleepy

i would have folded my blanket when mediating in the room so i wont be tempted to stop and go to sleep
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Re: What I'd change if I could repeat my first year meditati

Post by Dinsdale » Sun Jul 27, 2014 9:27 am

MarkNZed wrote: The idea of the topic is to share what you would change, not what you would repeat :)
I would have explored different methods more widely, rather than just relying on the approach used by the one group.
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Re: What I'd change if I could repeat my first year meditati

Post by MarkNZed » Sun Jul 27, 2014 10:17 am

purple planet wrote:My mistakes which im not sure are mistakes if you do a different technique than my own - but if you do mahsi style it might be helpful advice

I would have done the walking meditation only before the sitting meditation
I would have done the walking and sitting meditation exactly the same time
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_IFvablc6EI
In the walking meditation i used to just moved from secondary object to another - i didnt do the stoping and forgot about the primary object which is important for the building of concentration, what i did was : hearing-pain-itch-worry-planing ect ect
what i should have done for instance when i heared something :i should have labeled (and done) "right stepping" "left stepping" "stopping"*3 -"hearing"*3- "standing"*3 and than continue with the main object - "right stepping" "left stepping"

I would give special attention to changing of poster during the day and label it :"siting" "rising" "standing" "lying"
I wouldnt give so much attention on trying to synchronize the "right/left stepping" so much its good to have in mind that the action should be hapening with the labeling - but i shouldnt have put so much effort in trying to make it perfect - this only harmed my practice

i would meditate from the start on the bed with a pillow behind me which is leaning on the wall - i would have done the procrastination on the bed also - but if you dont have back pain like i do - its best to avoid it so you wont get to sleepy

i would have folded my blanket when mediating in the room so i wont be tempted to stop and go to sleep
Thanks purple planet. It is very kind of you to share.

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Re: What I'd change if I could repeat my first year meditati

Post by seeker242 » Sun Jul 27, 2014 2:12 pm

I would do it everyday instead of skipping some days :)

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Re: What I'd change if I could repeat my first year meditati

Post by Digity » Sun Jul 27, 2014 5:57 pm

I wouldn't change anything. Whatever bad experiences I had or mistakes I made were all part of the learning process.

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Re: What I'd change if I could repeat my first year meditati

Post by MarkNZed » Mon Jul 28, 2014 1:45 pm

Spiny Norman wrote:
MarkNZed wrote: The idea of the topic is to share what you would change, not what you would repeat :)
I would have explored different methods more widely, rather than just relying on the approach used by the one group.
Thanks Spiny. Which methods have you explored so far ?

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Re: What I'd change if I could repeat my first year meditati

Post by MarkNZed » Mon Jul 28, 2014 1:46 pm

seeker242 wrote:I would do it everyday instead of skipping some days :)
Great point!

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Re: What I'd change if I could repeat my first year meditati

Post by martinfrank » Mon Jul 28, 2014 7:08 pm

I would do only Anapanasati, no drug-enhanced or Raja-Yoga type meditation.
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Re: What I'd change if I could repeat my first year meditati

Post by Zenainder » Tue Jul 29, 2014 11:02 am

Passive or disengaged mindfulness (which is commonly taught). Bhikkhu Thanissaro's dhamma talks assisted in correcting that for me.

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