The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by Mary50 » Sat Jan 10, 2015 4:37 am

Sat for two morning and evening meditations of 20 minutes each, less distracted. Also did 15 minutes and 30 minutes of guided meditation following videos from Ajahn Brahm and Joseph Goldstein. Read articles by Joseph Goldstein and Ven Thinissaro Bhikkhu.

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by Mary50 » Sun Jan 11, 2015 7:49 am

Settling into daily practice and meditating for 20 minutes, spending an hour or more reading resources, did 30 minute walking meditation.

From now on I'll post once a week, see if I can increase the times of meditation to 30 minutes and then 45 minutes each day.

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by Spiny Norman » Sun Jan 11, 2015 7:51 am

Mary50 wrote: From now on I'll post once a week, see if I can increase the times of meditation to 30 minutes and then 45 minutes each day.
A good approach. Like with physical exercise it's good to be regular and build up stamina slowly.
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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by Mary50 » Sun Jan 11, 2015 11:14 am

Thanks Norman, I want to build a very steady stable sitting practice this year.

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by Mary50 » Mon Jan 19, 2015 10:20 am

And now steady sitting practice at 45 minutes in the mornings and again in the evenings, also using 20-minute video guided meditations a few times during the weekfor added motivation. A time of quietening down, bouts of sleepiness but getting re-acquainted with the body and breath.

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by Spiny Norman » Mon Jan 19, 2015 3:07 pm

Mary50 wrote:And now steady sitting practice at 45 minutes in the mornings and again in the evenings, also using 20-minute video guided meditations a few times during the weekfor added motivation. A time of quietening down, bouts of sleepiness but getting re-acquainted with the body and breath.
Excellent! It's more than I'm doing at the moment, I think I will blame that on the gloomy winter weather. ;)
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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by Ben » Wed Feb 04, 2015 9:57 pm

This is a reminder that there is a Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge group on the smart phone app 'Insight Timer'.
I would like to invite you all to join.
With metta,
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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by PPT » Sat Feb 07, 2015 1:30 am

My goal is to be able to watch the arising and dissipating of sexual desire for at least another week without giving in to temptation. It is a bit strange because normally I don't have a strong desire for that particular sensual pleasure in comparison to the other 5 senses, but once I started keeping the "abrahmacariya" precept, the body seems to go into rebellion.

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by Dr. Dukkha » Sat Mar 21, 2015 4:52 pm

Does anyone else have a retreat experience like this?

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30 Hours in 30 Days Challenge

Post by Khalil Bodhi » Thu Jul 09, 2015 1:13 pm

Hey Everyone,

I just wanted to propose a challenge to anyone who feels up to it: I am going to see if I can reach the modest goal of meditating for an hour a day for 30 days. I will split it up into three sessions myself and may end up with more than 1 hour per day but I want to see how I feel by essentially doubling my formal meditation.

Any takers?
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Re: 30 Hours in 30 Days Challenge

Post by Spiny Norman » Thu Jul 09, 2015 1:23 pm

Khalil Bodhi wrote:I just wanted to propose a challenge to anyone who feels up to it: I am going to see if I can reach the modest goal of meditating for an hour a day for 30 days. I will split it up into three sessions myself and may end up with more than 1 hour per day but I want to see how I feel by essentially doubling my formal meditation.
Any takers?
I'm currently doing an hour a day ( 2 x 30 mins ) so would be happy to join you. However I usually have a day off on Sundays, is that OK? ;)
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Re: 30 Hours in 30 Days Challenge

Post by Khalil Bodhi » Thu Jul 09, 2015 2:01 pm

Spiny Norman wrote:
Khalil Bodhi wrote:I just wanted to propose a challenge to anyone who feels up to it: I am going to see if I can reach the modest goal of meditating for an hour a day for 30 days. I will split it up into three sessions myself and may end up with more than 1 hour per day but I want to see how I feel by essentially doubling my formal meditation.
Any takers?
I'm currently doing an hour a day ( 2 x 30 mins ) so would be happy to join you. However I usually have a day off on Sundays, is that OK? ;)
Great! Glad to have such good company and I'll have the front office issue you a Sunday waiver :tongue:
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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by Alexander____ » Thu Jul 09, 2015 5:47 pm

I would be happy to join you. I have a Goenka retreat coming up on the 5th of next month and would love to have increased my sitting so I'm a bit more comfortable for it than previous times!

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by Khalil Bodhi » Thu Jul 09, 2015 6:20 pm

Alexander____ wrote:I would be happy to join you. I have a Goenka retreat coming up on the 5th of next month and would love to have increased my sitting so I'm a bit more comfortable for it than previous times!

Alexander
Great! So that makes three. I'm about to head off for my mid-day sit now (15 minutes only) to get my head back on straight before I get back to work.
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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by ajhayes » Tue Dec 15, 2015 11:26 pm

Ben wrote:This is a reminder that there is a Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge group on the smart phone app 'Insight Timer'.
I would like to invite you all to join.
With metta,
Ben
Thank you for the heads up about the group. It should help me with this work in progress. :thumbsup:

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by padmini » Thu Aug 11, 2016 10:36 am

I just started meditating a couple of weeks ago. So far I can't get past 14-15 minutes (sitting), so my goal is to get to 30 minutes by the end of September.

I also take my dog for a walk 2-3 times a day, so I try to take that opportunity to practice mindfulness, paying attention to sounds and tactile feelings while walking. This is not proper meditation but I have to say I enjoy it a lot, it has given a whole new dimension to the very simple and common activity of walking with my dog. :smile:
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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by Khalil Bodhi » Thu Aug 11, 2016 11:44 am

padmini wrote:I just started meditating a couple of weeks ago. So far I can't get past 14-15 minutes (sitting), so my goal is to get to 30 minutes by the end of September.

I also take my dog for a walk 2-3 times a day, so I try to take that opportunity to practice mindfulness, paying attention to sounds and tactile feelings while walking. This is not proper meditation but I have to say I enjoy it a lot, it has given a whole new dimension to the very simple and common activity of walking with my dog. :smile:
Sounds like an excellent start. In my experience, it is more about quality than quantity of minutes with the caveat that I am always trying to lengthen my seated meditation. The Insight Timer app has proven to be invaluable. Anumodana on your noble aims! In bocca al lupo! :anjali:
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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by Spiny Norman » Thu Aug 11, 2016 12:08 pm

padmini wrote:I also take my dog for a walk 2-3 times a day, so I try to take that opportunity to practice mindfulness, paying attention to sounds and tactile feelings while walking. This is not proper meditation but I have to say I enjoy it a lot, it has given a whole new dimension to the very simple and common activity of walking with my dog. :smile:
That sounds like a great way to practice walking meditation, and I would imagine your dog appreciates it too. :thumbsup:
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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by padmini » Tue Aug 23, 2016 12:30 pm

A little update on my progress.
At the moment my morning routine includes: walking with my dog and practising either mindfulness or Metta, then getting home and following this guided meditation (especially Breath Meditation with Instructions for Leaving Meditation).

Thanks to this, I can sit for (almost) 40 minutes and if you include the walk with my dog, I meditate for a total of almost 50 minutes every morning! I am very pleased with this progress.

I hope with time (my deadline is again the end of September) I can drop the guided meditation and still be able to sit for 35-40 minutes.

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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Post by Khalil Bodhi » Tue Aug 23, 2016 12:53 pm

padmini wrote:A little update on my progress.
At the moment my morning routine includes: walking with my dog and practising either mindfulness or Metta, then getting home and following this guided meditation (especially Breath Meditation with Instructions for Leaving Meditation).

Thanks to this, I can sit for (almost) 40 minutes and if you include the walk with my dog, I meditate for a total of almost 50 minutes every morning! I am very pleased with this progress.

I hope with time (my deadline is again the end of September) I can drop the guided meditation and still be able to sit for 35-40 minutes.

:anjali:
Anumodana!
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