how to stay awake during meditation?

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how to stay awake during meditation?

Postby Frank » Tue May 22, 2012 3:30 am

tips? tricks? ideas? experience? anything helps :smile:

i do anapanasati.

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Re: how to stay awake during meditation?

Postby krodha » Tue May 22, 2012 9:40 am

Getting drowsy while meditating can happen for lots of reasons, could be a sign that you're too relaxed, finding that balance is key. If you get tired then intensify your focus, if you're too tense then ease up. Make sure you're choosing times during the day/night which are conducive for staying awake. Keep your eyes open, if you get tired then try focusing on an object and pretend you're going to pierce right through it with your gaze. If that doesn't work get up and walk around for a bit, do some stretches etc... A warm room could put you to sleep so a moderate to cool environment works best. Perhaps try to meditate away from areas you usually associate with sleep/rest.

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Re: how to stay awake during meditation?

Postby Jnana » Wed May 23, 2012 3:02 am

:good:

Also, if dullness or drowsiness are becoming a recurring problem, then noticing the mind's clarity at the beginning of a sitting period and remaining attentive to sustaining that clarity can be helpful. It can also be helpful in this regard to keep sitting periods short, and take a short break between sits. Hence the adage found in some mahāmudrā teachings, "At first, train in short sessions, repeated many times." The quality of awareness is most important.

In general, the sūtras & śāstras recommend antidotes such as attending to a perception of light (ālokasaṃjñā), or engaging in walking meditation, or reciting sūtras (either silently or out loud), etc. For example, see .

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Re: how to stay awake during meditation?

Postby Nemo » Wed May 23, 2012 11:58 am

Open your eyes and look slightly upwards.

If it is cold don't wrap up your upper body. Only your legs.

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Re: how to stay awake during meditation?

Postby Anders » Wed May 23, 2012 12:01 pm

"Even if my body should be burnt to death in the fires of hell
I would endure it for myriad lifetimes
As your companion in practice"

--- Gandavyuha Sutra

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Re: how to stay awake during meditation?

Postby Frank » Wed May 23, 2012 9:30 pm

I have actually tried sitting out in the cold with light clothing (50-60 degrees or so, nothing dangerous, just uncomfortable) and even though I start off cold, after twenty minutes or so I start to nod! I actually wonder if sitting in the woods at night would work or make me end up able to fall asleep anywhere, any time because I will just get used to every thing I try lol!

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Re: how to stay awake during meditation?

Postby Anders » Thu May 24, 2012 12:09 am

"Even if my body should be burnt to death in the fires of hell
I would endure it for myriad lifetimes
As your companion in practice"

--- Gandavyuha Sutra

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Re: how to stay awake during meditation?

Postby practitioner » Thu May 24, 2012 3:16 am

One should do nothing other than benefit sentient beings either directly or indirectly - Shantideva

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Re: how to stay awake during meditation?

Postby Anders » Thu May 24, 2012 8:58 am

"Even if my body should be burnt to death in the fires of hell
I would endure it for myriad lifetimes
As your companion in practice"

--- Gandavyuha Sutra

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Re: how to stay awake during meditation?

Postby maybay » Thu May 24, 2012 3:19 pm

eat less
People will know nothing and everything
Remember nothing and everything
Think nothing and everything
Do nothing and everything
- Machig Labdron

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