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Subtle meditation changes

I have always changed my sitting meditation according to circumstances:

For example brewing a green tea to sip periodically for a while ...

Other examples:

  • not using a cushion at the moment
  • changing my breath to gentle nasal only breathing
  • facing another direction when sitting
  • eyes closed at moment, usually changes if natural light is around

Once a practice is established, subtle changes, for example hands on knees can have vast 'benefits'. As I follow a 'just sit' model, perhaps these subtleties are too drastic?

Comments

  • federicafederica seeker of the clear blue sky Moderator
    • When am I NOT Meditating? *
  • lobsterlobster Veteran
    edited February 19

    I would suggest most of the time @federica you are not engaged in sitting meditation. I guess you know mindfulness is not the same as formal sitting ...

    In a similar way walking meditation is not the same as going for a walk.

    However as you are always meditating, perhaps you have insights or techniques that are useful to us more traditional 'just sit' types? I for one need all the inspiration I can find ... B)

  • SpinyNormanSpinyNorman It's still all old bollocks Veteran

    @lobster said:
    I have always changed my sitting meditation according to circumstances:

    For example brewing a green tea to sip periodically for a while ...

    Other examples:

    • not using a cushion at the moment
    • changing my breath to gentle nasal only breathing
    • facing another direction when sitting
    • eyes closed at moment, usually changes if natural light is around

    Once a practice is established, subtle changes, for example hands on knees can have vast 'benefits'. As I follow a 'just sit' model, perhaps these subtleties are too drastic?

    I find it's good to vary the method and experiment, there is always more to discover and it's easy to get "into a rut" if you stick rigidly to one technique. Eyes open or closed is well worth playing around with in my experience, it can change the feel of the practice quite a bit.

    lobster
  • The eyes thing:

    When I first started a regular practice with others, the eyes focused on a spot on the floor did not suit, unless on my own. I regularly kept my eyes straight ahead without a particular focus as is done in some dzogchen. Last year I did about two weeks of gently staring upward for one reason and another ... very different. Eyes closed I have to be very wary of ... being more than able to fall asleep sitting up.

  • SpinyNormanSpinyNorman It's still all old bollocks Veteran

    @lobster said:
    The eyes thing:

    When I first started a regular practice with others, the eyes focused on a spot on the floor did not suit, unless on my own. I regularly kept my eyes straight ahead without a particular focus as is done in some dzogchen. Last year I did about two weeks of gently staring upward for one reason and another ... very different. Eyes closed I have to be very wary of ... being more than able to fall asleep sitting up.

    Yes, I meditated with eyes wide open for some years in a Dzogchen school, it felt odd meditating with eyes closed again after that experience. Pros and cons really, it's worth experimenting with though.
    With eyes open there is the option of using a visual object, maybe a candle flame, maybe a kasina like a coloured disc, or maybe just a blank wall.

  • KeromeKerome Did I fall in the forest? Europe Veteran

    Hand mudra's is another thing I have found to have a significant influence on my meditation. Worth a try if you are looking at ways of varying your practice.

    dhammachick
  • Thanks guys. <3

    Yes mudra can be a consideration for me too. Fortunately the hands up on knees type mudra is not something I have need for presently. My teacher used this quite naturally during every day mindfulness. It is common in yogic meditation but I prefer hands down on knees or if using a cushion a more traditional lap based mudra.

    Occasionally will use more involved mudra during chanting, perhaps using single finger movement sequences to synchronise or prayer type mudras, tantric mudra etc.

    I have put the insight timer back on my system but find the process too convoluted. So may not be re using this time.

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