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« Reply #15 on: Feb 25, 2016 02:16 am »

I had to travel and spend time and money to find them. These people did not have to tell me. They were living proof in their specific abilities.

Hmm, well I guess I can live with the mystery of where I may go to find someone like PY mentions, still they must be genuine and non-demonic, something that might be hard to intuitively know since that kind of power might probably also have the power to trick the mind.
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« Reply #16 on: Feb 25, 2016 06:14 am »

I had to travel and spend time and money to find them. These people did not have to tell me. They were living proof in their specific abilities.

Hmm, well I guess I can live with the mystery of where I may go to find someone like PY mentions, still they must be genuine and non-demonic, something that might be hard to intuitively know since that kind of power might probably also have the power to trick the mind.

Illusions... Illusions... Oh Lord save me from all these illusions surrounding my little life. I swam on some high emotional waves but those waves do come down. Oh how i know.
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« Reply #17 on: Feb 25, 2016 08:14 am »

And the people who hide themselves behind a wall of illusion
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« Reply #18 on: Jan 02, 2017 10:53 pm »

"Some people fall asleep during meditation, but that is no better then being dead. You don't want that. You must be wide awake. If you have a spell of sleepiness, shake it off; tense the body all over and sleep will disappear. Fresh air helps to keep one awake too." Paramahansa Yogananda

This is why I meditate outside a lot..Even in the winter. It helps be alert.
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« Reply #19 on: Jan 05, 2017 09:59 pm »

When sleepiness is strong, it is very hard to vanquish it.

A few days ago, I woke up very early to have the long Xmas meditation. I do that every year, 7 hours net total when I'm on my own.
This time I chose to fight sleepiness the hard way: I had an espresso just before meditation. I sacrificed maybe a slower heartbeat and lower breath rate to the altar of wakefulness. The coffee didn't make me that restless after all and I only had a single bout of sleepeness.
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« Reply #20 on: Jan 06, 2017 01:32 pm »

When sleepiness is strong, it is very hard to vanquish it.

A few days ago, I woke up very early to have the long Xmas meditation. I do that every year, 7 hours net total when I'm on my own.
This time I chose to fight sleepiness the hard way: I had an espresso just before meditation. I sacrificed maybe a slower heartbeat and lower breath rate to the altar of wakefulness. The coffee didn't make me that restless after all and I only had a single bout of sleepeness.

Yes. I asked a monk about using caffiene to stay awake while I was working long hours. He said that you may have to do this but to continue using the energization exercises as well.

I meditate at least a couple of hours each day. The long meditations for 6 or more hours have stopped since leaving Southern California. But I am not so certain they helped me because they were more an act of will. I do enjoy 3 hour meditations with other meditators and miss them since I now live in the country. I can more easily get long periods of meditation in when it is warmer weather here. But it is nice to jump in a nearby lake swim and then get out and energize and meditate longer.

 Lately I have meditated outdoors when it has been near 0 in temperature and a wind chill even colder.  Much lower then freezing. I have used a handwarmer to avoid frostbite. This will keep you awake! LOL Nevertheless I still get several hours of meditation in per day. There is a time for everything and in many ways I feel my daily meditations have improved.

I am happy to hear you developed the discipline to meditate so long alone. We are very fortunate to have so many meditation techniques and spiritual practices given by our gurus!

It is best to get proper rest if at all possible. I have found short cat naps helpful... if there is time. Then I can wake refreshed and stay awake during meditation. It is better to have a short meditation awake then a long one nodding off regularly. For me I have found there is no better condition then proper sleep. This has been a hard lesson I have learned for years of trying to meditate exhausted. All it did was led to bad meditation practices of being in no man's land between sleep and wakefulness: a passive state and blankness of the mind.
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« Reply #21 on: Jan 08, 2017 04:09 pm »

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It is best to get proper rest if at all possible. I have found short cat naps helpful... if there is time. Then I can wake refreshed and stay awake during meditation. It is better to have a short meditation awake then a long one nodding off regularly. For me I have found there is no better condition then proper sleep. This has been a hard lesson I have learned for years of trying to meditate exhausted. All it did was led to bad meditation practices of being in no man's land between sleep and wakefulness: a passive state and blankness of the mind.

Yes, I learned that pretty soon, my first year of meditation practice, very eager, I used to get up and meditate at 4 am, but really what I was doing was sleeping in a cross-legged postures, sleeps or hallucinations since I found I could mantain the sitting posture. Sheer will power is not always the winning strategy.
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