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  Shoun became a teacher of Soto Zen. When he was still a student his father passed away, leaving him to care for his old mother. Whenever Shoun went to a meditation hall he always took his mother with him. Since she accompanied him, when... continue...

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→→→→ vertical line TOPIC: WHEN YOU SLEEP.
vertical line Posted on Sep.23.2008 @ 10:07AM EDT by shayne

when you sleep the mind unfocuses and you rest.

during r.e.m. the attention is reborn.

upon waking the mind refocuses.

this is the cycle of the mind..

its good to unfocus....to rest.

just not pemanantly.

and defiantally no mind.

this is the only time i like no mind.


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Reply from immortal 1
Sep.23.2008
10:35AM EDT 
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My first experiences with meditation were in Jr. High School at about the age of 12.

I didn't know I was meditating.  I would come home from school and go to my room.  I would light some incense, and lie down on my bed, arms and legs outstretched.  And then I would let my mind go blank.  If I found it wandering, which happened often, I would simply start over.  I would repeat this process until dinner time.

I called it practicing 'Total Rest', not even thinking.  I believed that it helped me to release the tensions of the day and make a fresh start.  I think it worked.  Life is not ideal for any 12 year old, but I think I made the best of it.

I practiced 'Total Rest' for many years before finally taking up meditation as a serious matter.

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Reply from shayne
Sep.23.2008
10:37AM EDT 
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vertical line when i go to sleep right before work.........i sleep a second time.........i do what you just said.
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Reply from sit_teh
Sep.24.2008
04:38AM EDT 
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A few years back i remember trying lucid dreaming as a part of my meditation practice. I wasn't so good really. I picked up a book on the topic and watched a movie about it. 

Id say that my experience of this was more of a scientific realization...

all it was was me realizing i was in a dream while sleeping...

still the feeling wasn't very nice and my balance was horrible... 

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Reply from Bluerose
Sep.25.2008
06:15AM EDT 
vertical line I have been reading some stuff on the old masters and I have to say, I never slept better in my whole life.
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