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Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Posted: Sun Jun 16, 2013 7:52 pm
by starter
Reductor wrote:Hey all,

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

Would it be possible to provide the link for the group? Where to downlod the insight timer app?

Thanks and metta!

PS: please excuse me if these questions have already been answered. I didn't read the 7 pages of the thread.

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 8:39 am
by Doshin
starter wrote:Would it be possible to provide the link for the group? Where to downlod the insight timer app?
I guess it is: https://insighttimer.com/
starter wrote:PS: please excuse me if these questions have already been answered. I didn't read the 7 pages of the thread.
I know that feeling.

_/\_

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Posted: Mon Jun 17, 2013 8:51 am
by Ben
If you go to http://www.insighttimer.com and search for "Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge", you should be able to find our group there.
The group is only seven members strong. If you have difficulty finding the group, send either Khalil Bodhi or myself a PM on Dhamma Wheel with your insighttimer username and we will be able to invite you.
kind regards,

Ben

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Posted: Sat Jun 22, 2013 10:40 pm
by duckfiasco
Eight members strong :)

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Posted: Sun Jun 23, 2013 12:42 am
by Ben
duckfiasco wrote:Eight members strong :)
Fantastic, it will be great to have you on board.
Its a small group, for sure, but that doesn't matter if it provides you with the inspiration and motivation that is going to be beneficial to you.
with metta,

Ben

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Posted: Sat Jul 06, 2013 2:50 pm
by BlackBird
Make that 9

I've joined in with the insight timer app, shout out to Ben for sending me the link.

I think it's absolutely great, and I can already see myself wanting to sit more and more just to increase my stats and unlock some achievements. Can't wait to graph them! Silly isn't it, well only partially since as I like to think there's no such thing as bad meditation.

metta
Jack

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Posted: Sat Jul 06, 2013 8:00 pm
by Ben
thanks Jack!

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Posted: Sat Jul 06, 2013 8:39 pm
by clw_uk
Meditating in the morning before work I've never been able to do, also too tempting to have an extra hour in bed :zzz:

So thats my challenge :)

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Posted: Sat Jul 06, 2013 11:55 pm
by Ben
clw_uk wrote:So thats my challenge :)
Good luck with that, Craig. It may be as simple as setting the alarm a little earlier.
All the best,

Ben

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Posted: Sat Jul 06, 2013 11:59 pm
by clw_uk
Ben wrote:
clw_uk wrote:So thats my challenge :)
Good luck with that, Craig. It may be as simple as setting the alarm a little earlier.
All the best,

Ben

Haha I do but the damn snooze button! Lol :computerproblem:

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Posted: Sun Jul 07, 2013 12:07 am
by Ben
clw_uk wrote:
Ben wrote:
clw_uk wrote:So thats my challenge :)
Good luck with that, Craig. It may be as simple as setting the alarm a little earlier.
All the best,

Ben

Haha I do but the damn snooze button! Lol :computerproblem:
I have the same problem Craig, so I put the alarm clock out somewhere it forces me out of bed to turn it off.
That, and I have an iphone and I set four or five alarms that go off within a minute of each other. It usually does the trick.
kind regards,


Ben

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Posted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 12:40 am
by Ben
Dear all,

This is another reminder of the Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge group on Insighttimer.com. http://www.insighttimer.com
We have a small group of practitioners registered with the group at Insighttimer. One of the things I like about the timer is that it will let you know when other group members or "friends" are meditating at the same time, allowing one to send a message of support which can be picked up at the end of the session. For those of you who live far away from a sangha, it may provide that additional level of support to help you keep your meditation practice regular.
kind regards,

Ben

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Posted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 12:56 am
by Khalil Bodhi
:goodpost:

I couldn't agree more. The app and our group have been instrumental in getting me to my cushion every day for some time now.

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Posted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 1:13 pm
by Jhana4
As of July 20th 2013, I just passed my eighth year keeping a meditation log (no apps, just several small notebooks and a ball point pen ) and having sat at least once a day, every day of those 8 years.

One of the best decisions of my life.

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Posted: Tue Jul 30, 2013 2:15 pm
by Khalil Bodhi
:twothumbsup: Awesome Jhana4!

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Posted: Wed Jul 31, 2013 12:01 am
by BlackBird
Yeah I would agree the insight timer has really helped ensure I never skip a session, let alone a day. I love it, and it's been so helpful. Love looking over my graphs and stats and comparing days and thinking about what led me to meditate more that day or that week compared to this day or this week. And I like unlocking 'milestones' - If I were them I would add more 'achievements' so like you get a wee badge or something for a really long sit, or all kinds of things really - Just about little rewards and such like.

I thoroughly recommend that ap to everyone. It is free, although you do get a lot more feature with the timer with the paid version. I bought the paid version after using the free one for a few weeks, and I think the paid is worth every cent. I love having a quiet wooden bell go off every 10 minutes. Especially helpful if my mind has wandered that I've only got X amount of time left and I should redouble my efforts to concentrate. Usually works a charm.

metta
Jack

p.s. Congraulations Jhana4! No small achievement man!

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Posted: Fri Aug 02, 2013 4:10 am
by vkasdn
I started my own personal challenge about 3 weeks ago to sit for atleast one half hour daily of just straight anapana sati, i focus on the point where the breath-contact is felt, i didnt realize there was a meditation challenge here this whole time until just a few days ago. :shrug:

This past 21 days consecutive sitting for at least 30 minutes has been wonderful. usually i sit for a half hour here, 20 minutes there each day, almost an hour daily! my work schedule is never the same so i am not free during the same hours routinely, although if i am assigned to work where/when it is slow, i do standing meditation, or when im not actively engaged, i will meditate in whichever way the body is disposed.

I am challenging myself to sit for at least a half-hour daily, gradually increasing as needed. two suttas im constantly reflecting on in my practice is "nodding" or "dozing" Pacala Sutta in the Anguttara Nikaya (access to insight says 7.58, but the book i have says 7.61) :shrug: and also Vitakkasanthana Sutta (removal of distracting thoughts) Majjhima Nikaya 20.

i think i will keep it up, im actually enjoying more than i do ordinary worldly things, im starting to look foward to it, it is a most enjoyable practice to me.

I have insight timer, and found/joined the dhammawheel meditation challenge group but havent posted anything there yet.

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Posted: Sun Aug 04, 2013 4:57 pm
by vkasdn
so far so good....going to up it to atleast an hour a day...see how that goes.. :smile:

My Daily Log

Posted: Thu Aug 15, 2013 1:18 pm
by Weakfocus
After Ben's guidance, I will use this thread to document my efforts. I will not be able to take part in Insight Timer since I do not have an Android or Apple smartgadget. This forum will do for me, however.

Day 1:
Just did my morning 20 minute sitting.
Just did my evening 20 minute sitting.

Day2:
Did my morning 20 minute sitting.
Did my evening 20 minute sitting.

Day3:
Did my morning 20 minute sitting.
Did my evening 20 minute sitting.

Day4:
Did my morning 20 minute sitting.
Did my evening 20 minute sitting.

Day5:
Did my morning 20 minute sitting.
Did my evening 20 minute sitting.

Day6:
Did my morning 20 minute sitting.
Did my evening 20 minute sitting.

Day7:
Did my morning 20 minute sitting.
Did my evening 20 minute sitting.

Day8:
Did my morning 20 minute sitting.
Did my evening 20 minute sitting.

Day9:
Did my morning 20 minute sitting.
Did my evening 20 minute sitting.

Day10:
Did my morning 20 minute sitting.
Did my evening 20 minute sitting.

Day11:
Did my morning 20 minute sitting.
Did my evening 20 minute sitting.

Day12:
Did my morning 20 minute sitting.
Did my evening 20 minute sitting.

Day13:
Did my morning 20 minute sitting.
Did my evening 20 minute sitting.

Day14:
Did my morning 20 minute sitting.
Did my evening 20 minute sitting.

Day15:
Did my morning 20 minute sitting.
Did my evening 20 minute sitting.

Day16:
Did my morning 20 minute sitting.
Did my evening 20 minute sitting.

Day17:
Did my morning 20 minute sitting.
Did my evening 20 minute sitting.

Day18:
Did my morning 20 minute sitting.
Did my evening 20 minute sitting.

*Day 19 to Day 29:
For the past 10 days days I was not able to update this log. An underground telecom cable around my house was stolen by thieves and the telecom company took their time digging up and installing a new one. I had no internet access.

Anyway, I am glad to note that I was able to meditate all these days. But I missed the sangha of Dhammawheel and there were three days where I could only meditate once a day, the mind was simply too agitated and restless. All other days I was able to find the strength to meditate 20 minutes both morning and evening.

Now hopefully I should have untroubled connectivity to internet and can continue my efforts with renewed vigour.

Day 30:
Did my morning 20 minute sitting.
Did my evening 20 minute sitting.

Day 31:
Did my morning 20 minute sitting.


(Since this forum allows editing of old posts, instead of a new post everytime I sit I will edit this old one. Only when this post gets too long (30 days or so, here's hoping) will I will start a new post. I do not want to spam the thread with two posts/day.)

Re: The Dhamma Wheel Meditation Challenge

Posted: Fri Aug 16, 2013 1:09 am
by Ajisai
Like Weakfocus I don't have a smartphone so I will be using this thread.
I'm a beginner at meditation so first I will practicing 15 minutes everyday until the end of the month.