Snufkin wrote:Had this problem for a little while, it doesn't happen every time I meditate, but it's started to be more frequent. I'll be following my breath, and then next minute I feel like I'm almost being nudged backwards and I realise I had stopped following my breath and started to nod off to sleep. This happens even when I'm not very tired. I try to renew my focus on breathing and continue, but it often happens again. It seems to have only started to happen when I increased my meditation time to 30 minutes.
Nothing in MIPE seems to really address the issue properly. Does anyone have any suggestions?
According to U Tejaniya's POV, when this situation happens, especially when you are not tired, it is a sign that there's not enough interest ...the minds feels calm and just goes to sleep...
The advice he would give to yogis in that case is to:
- stimulate one's interest: you should try to understand more about the nature of the breath, the nature of your drowsiness. When the mind has more interest,it will be easier for it to stay alert.
- ask your self questions from time to time: Am I still aware, what is the quality of the awareness right now? Because nodding off doesn't come all of a sudden, it is a gradual process. So if you can recognize drowsiness when it just first set in, still very gently, then you can invite it out (actually it will go away by it-self if it is seen). Drowsiness usually comes because of the liking of the calmness, so watch out for that liking (lobha), and look deeply, because lobha is very deep rooted in our mind!
Like all dhammas, drowsiness has its own conditions to arise, you are the best person to figure out those conditions in your own situation. With understanding, defilements will have less chance to arise...