• Hi, Wiley, Ivan and Patrick!
    I was hit by a virus knocking me out for a while after writing, so I haven’t thanked you for sharing your great insights.

    It’s hard balancing the effort so that it is still wise 🙂
    I mean, habitually I want to start a military bootcamp regimen of less sleep and hard tough meditation 🙂
    But I do realize it is not…[Read more]

  • Hi again,
    I am still working on finding my way back to enjoying the practice, and have benefitted immensely from replies on this forum. You are so generous, all of you!

    Anyways, I listened to a recording from a retreat where Culadasa mentions that the ones who progress rapidly tend to have practices where they sit an hour in the morning and an…[Read more]

  • Hi Rob,
    I understand there are most likely individual differences, but wow, does ‘When I entered stage four a lot of mental activity and dull dream-like states arose. It felt like I was in a meditative state “less advanced” than when I was back in stage two. I went into a spiral of judging and doubt over the practice.’ sound exactly rig…[Read more]

  • Hi Rob,
    I understand there are most likely individual differences, but wow, does “When I entered stage four a lot of mental activity and dull dream-like states arose. It felt like I was in a meditative state “less advanced” than when I was back in stage two. I went into a spiral of judging and doubt over the practice.” sound exactly rig…[Read more]

  • I am blown away by allt he kind and informative answers!

    Upasaka Culadasa, thank you so much for your very clarifying text. I do hope so that all on this forum that are experiencing frustration or having difficulties with this read your answer.

    Blake, I understand that fully, and the thing is I did master stage three according to TIM.then…[Read more]

  • Hi Blake!
    Thank you for the information about awareness (introspective or such)vs attention. It really means I can lighten up about that! It seems very useful to me!

    I mentioned in an earlier post that I have been following my breath quite well, but that I can’t recall afterwards if a breath was long or short. I experimented with identifying…[Read more]

  • Hi Blake and Jon,
    I am so grateful for your replies. You are really patient and compassionate.
    Blake, when you noticed your mind was alternating, that is not necessarely a gross distraction, right?

    Jon, I think you pinpointed some of my traits quite well! It takes one to know one? 🙂
    It’s like I need to be told where it is ok to step out of “the…[Read more]

  • Interesting observation!
    In my case, I guess that continuing to practice diligently will reveal more, since I am so confused by the way I interpret the descriptions at the moment.

    I have been very diligent for years now, and am somewhat at a point where the tug to “roll up the mat and leave” is strong (to use yoga-speak). I.e. stop practicing.
    Of…[Read more]

  • Hi maryhill!
    Yes, I totally agree with you regarding the connections between science and buddhism.
    Sounds like good practice.
    Thank you so much!

  • I hope you don’t mind me being in an inquisitive mood here, but stage four is a toughie 🙂

    I have some difficulty understanding the experience of awareness, rereading the first interlude some times.

    I do get the part that awareness is aware of the context, the large picture and contains large amounts of information, and also directs attention to…[Read more]

  • Thanks Kurt!
    That is great advice.
    It seems to me as a balance between not over-analyzing and trying to assess signs of stages.

    In a sense I was more relaxed when I didn’t know about any stages, but then again, I believe the fact that I actually could progress towards nibbana in this lifetime was not as clear to me at that time.

  • Hi Matthew,
    Interesting!
    Initially I thought I had to wait for a certain sense of overwhelming emotion to view it as something connected to purification. BUT I have tried something a couple of times the last couple of times doing formal meditation. It seems to me that the dullness or fuzziness I experience is connected to pressure in my forehead…[Read more]

  • Hi Kurt!
    I believe you’re right about the dullness!
    Regarding the memory bit, I guess it’s more like I am attentive of the sensations of the breath and miss out on the whole concept of “a breath”. More like you speak about the focus. If I don’t intend to know the length of the breath, I know every sensation. But I am not sure that I, should you…[Read more]

  • Hi again,
    An additional question. When I do formal meditation I tend to follow the sensations of the breath “in real-time”, i.e. I follow them and notice lots of changes as they occur, but there is very little cognitive processing. For instance, almost nothing seems to be committed to memory. If I ask of myself if that last breath was long or…[Read more]

  • Hi, Matthew and thanks for offering to help!

    Regarding “always” – using absolutes to quantify frequencies of actions is always tricky 🙂 What I mean is that although I have changed meditation technique a couple of times throughout my life, I have been fairly consistent in sticking to that technique for those dedicated years. Now my intention till…[Read more]

  • Hi, Matthew and thanks for offering to help!

    Regarding “always” – using absolutes to quantify frequencies of actions is always tricky 🙂 What I mean is that although I have changed meditation technique a couple of times throughout my life, I have been fairly consistent in sticking to that technique for those dedicated years. Now my intention till…[Read more]

  • Hi again,
    While I am having a period of standstill in my formal practice, and am trying to find some skilful means of navigating through this territory I would be very grateful if someone has any input on this topic.
    I have always been very strict about adhering to a practice and not dabble with other techniques, so as to not start skipping around…[Read more]

  • moln1 replied to the topic Regression for several weeks in the forum Meditation 2 years ago

    Blake and Nelson,
    Thanks for your very compassionate and also patient responses.
    I would say that of course there is an expectaion and judgments of how practice should develop implicit in the disappointment I am experiencing.
    I have been into meditation so long (practicing and reading about) that there is an intellectual understanding of relaxing…[Read more]

  • moln1 replied to the topic Regression for several weeks in the forum Meditation 2 years ago

    Hi Nelson!
    Thank you for your great suggestions on how to use skillful means to deal with this phase.
    I have done a fair bit of open-eyes meditation before, and I seem to be quite apt at zoning out with my eyes open as well.

    My resources of meditation options are quite restricted at the moment trying to raise a toddler and doing household chores,…[Read more]

  • Greetings!
    I have been following the book up till stage four and things were moving along nicely. I sit 45 minutes to an hour a day. But suddenly about three weeks ago, things have become increasingly fuzzy for me. My attention can be fairly steady on the breath sensations for, perhaps 10 minutes, but then it just turns into a frequent wandering.…[Read more]

  • Load More