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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 11:01 am
by James the Giant
Feathers wrote:Hi!
This is a pathetically small amount, but if I stick to it for a week it will be more discipline and consistency than I've ever managed before. I'm trying to be realistic.
Good work for being realistic! Even that small amount is nothing to be sneezed at. And good luck.

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Posted: Sun Mar 17, 2013 5:46 pm
by LonesomeYogurt
Feathers wrote:Another two lengths of the room (mostly to get some feeling back in my legs)
Hahaha good to know I'm not the only one who does that.

Good to see you're starting up a practice. Please let us all know how it's going.

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 3:33 pm
by Feathers
LonesomeYogurt wrote:
Feathers wrote:Another two lengths of the room (mostly to get some feeling back in my legs)
Hahaha good to know I'm not the only one who does that.

Good to see you're starting up a practice. Please let us all know how it's going.
Well it's . . . let's be honest, not really going :p It's been a horrible few weeks with deadline after deadline, but term is now over, so I am going to try and get started again. I have to admit, I have actually missed doing metta.

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Posted: Fri Apr 12, 2013 10:19 pm
by Ben
Feathers wrote:
Well it's . . . let's be honest, not really going :p It's been a horrible few weeks with deadline after deadline, but term is now over, so I am going to try and get started again. I have to admit, I have actually missed doing metta.
The important thing is to not be too hard on yourself. Sometimes, the right conditions don't present themselves. The important thing is to keep on applying the effort. In time, greater opportunities will present themselves and take advantage of them when they occur.
Wishing you all the best,

Ben

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 12:26 pm
by Modus.Ponens
Before you all, I make the strong resolution to meditate every day. :buddha1:

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Posted: Tue Apr 30, 2013 1:27 pm
by Ben
Modus.Ponens wrote:Before you all, I make the strong resolution to meditate every day. :buddha1:
Well done on your adhitthana, MP.
I wish you every success!

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Posted: Wed May 01, 2013 1:15 am
by Modus.Ponens
Thank you Ben! :)

Just finished my meditation, even if it was short. Baby steps. :)

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Posted: Sun May 26, 2013 3:00 pm
by Feathers
Right here we go again. My exams are over, I've had a few days' sleep, and the world in general is looking a little better. So the plan is 15mins morning, 15mins evening of sitting - starting with present moment awareness and hopefully getting to focus on the breath. I'll also chuck some metta in at some point, but starting out with those two 15mins . . . I've just downloaded the Insight Timer app, if anyone uses it and wants to add me . . . well my name is Deborah. Not sure how you actually find people :p

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Posted: Sun May 26, 2013 11:43 pm
by Khalil Bodhi
Feathers wrote:Right here we go again. My exams are over, I've had a few days' sleep, and the world in general is looking a little better. So the plan is 15mins morning, 15mins evening of sitting - starting with present moment awareness and hopefully getting to focus on the breath. I'll also chuck some metta in at some point, but starting out with those two 15mins . . . I've just downloaded the Insight Timer app, if anyone uses it and wants to add me . . . well my name is Deborah. Not sure how you actually find people :p
Good job! I usually try to sit for 50 minute in the morning (between 4:30am and 5:30 am EST ) and around 35 minutes in the evening. I'll keep my eyes peeled and will make a group for the Dhamma Wheel Meditation challenge. :anjali:

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Posted: Mon May 27, 2013 7:24 am
by Reductor
Hey all,

I downloaded that insight timer app, then searched for dhammawheel; KB has already made a group, so join up.

And I'm just putting this pledge out there: I'm going to renew my daily meditation practice in the simplest way possible, by meditating each day for no fewer than 10 minutes a day. Of course, I hope to grow that into something larger. As it is, though, I'll settle for this modest goal.

:anjali:

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Posted: Mon May 27, 2013 9:55 am
by Ben
Yes, Khalil Bodhi has done a fantastic job in setting up the Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge and the Uposotha Club groups. I think the app can be a very positive tool for people who are seeking additional motivation, structure and support for their meditation practice.
kind regards,

Ben

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Posted: Mon May 27, 2013 11:15 am
by Modus.Ponens
I just want to share an experience of mine that has given me the discipline I needed to have a daily practice. I'm a lazy person, so for me to have a daily practice was always a nightmare. But I discovered the trick. Instead of aiming at sitting for 20, 30 or 60 minutes doing meditation, I said to myself: "well, I'll try doing walking meditation instead". So the trick is to be mindful in the time periods you're doing routine tasks that you would otherwise be doing with some aversion. For example, to go to the university I walk a good distance and take the subway. So I use that period to do walking meditation and, when I'm still, in the subway, doing mindfulness of the breath.

Not only is this beneficial in itself, because I end up cultivating my mind, but it also has the wonderful side effect of me having the discipline to sit for 30 minutes doing samatha. It's a win-win situation: time is not wasted, I practice mindfulness and on top of that it's much more likely that I sit to do meditation.

Simple, huh? Try it! :smile:

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Posted: Mon May 27, 2013 11:20 am
by Ben
A great result, MP!

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Posted: Mon May 27, 2013 1:55 pm
by Khalil Bodhi
Reductor wrote:Hey all,

I downloaded that insight timer app, then searched for dhammawheel; KB has already made a group, so join up.

And I'm just putting this pledge out there: I'm going to renew my daily meditation practice in the simplest way possible, by meditating each day for no fewer than 10 minutes a day. Of course, I hope to grow that into something larger. As it is, though, I'll settle for this modest goal.

:anjali:
Anumodana! I'm always so inspired by my brothers and sisters in the Dhamma! Good work! :heart:

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Posted: Mon May 27, 2013 2:41 pm
by Zenainder
If I may encourage early practitioners: do not fret quantity of time meditating, but rather QUALITY of time spent practicing. If you are worried about how long you are meditating, you are completely missing the point!

With metta!

Zen

P.S. - Not a bad idea OP!

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Posted: Mon May 27, 2013 2:47 pm
by jadborn
Wow, what a great idea. I haven't been meditating consistently for the last few months, so I officially challenge myself to sit for at least 10 minutes everyday for just one week.

It's not much, but any amount of time spent sitting is good, right? Hopefully this will get me back on the horse!

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Posted: Mon May 27, 2013 3:08 pm
by Feathers
The app is brilliant :-)

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Posted: Mon May 27, 2013 5:53 pm
by Coyote
Now that my exams are over I want to get back into a steady meditation practice over the summer. I plan to sit for 2 hours a day, 1 hour in the morning and evening, consisting of both Metta and Anapanasati. I also want to keep the 5 precepts more strictly and move towards keeping the uposatha, at least partly - the food one may be an issue given that I live with my family and we eat together. I am not going to be hard on myself if I miss a day or don't quite reach my goal as it is a good chance to learn.

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Posted: Sat Jun 01, 2013 8:21 pm
by Che Guebuddha
Zenainder wrote:If I may encourage early practitioners: do not fret quantity of time meditating, but rather QUALITY of time spent practicing. If you are worried about how long you are meditating, you are completely missing the point!
I agree. Yet, this is the very part of the Dhammic Path to first "become a meditator" then to un-become by direct and actual realisation. Its a trap most (if not all) practitioners fall into at the start of their practice. Solidifying into a "meditator" will create suffering. Anicca teaches us that nothing is solid. If trying to solidify any phenomena Dukkha is born. Can't talk about Anatta because I have no direct insight about it. Was drowning in the Sea of Dukkha Nanas for a few years though, all because of "becoming" a meditator (feeling guilt when not sitting daily or feeling guilt if sitting short sessions, or feeling guilty if not being concentrated/blissful/didn't gain new insights, etc, etc, etc ...)

Practiced daily for 3 years. Stopped practicing for 2 years. Now feeling to get on with the practice again (but without becoming a meditator)

That said I will start using the Insight Timer App again from tonight and just keep rafting up the river ...

May we all benefit from the Dhamma :buddha1:

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Posted: Mon Jun 03, 2013 2:30 am
by jadborn
jadborn wrote:Wow, what a great idea. I haven't been meditating consistently for the last few months, so I officially challenge myself to sit for at least 10 minutes everyday for just one week.
Woo! Looks like I did it! Now for one more week....... :sage: