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Falling Asleep while Meditating 24mar23



As a man with MANY disabilities

(and who really is

a dainty doily of a fellow)

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my mid-meditation drowsiness

seems MOST effected

by whether or not I’m performing

a pre-meditation recitation,

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and if so,

of which it is comprised.

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Here, in our interdependent universe,

the recitation or chanting

of different sutras, shastras, or mantras

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can effect us

in radically different ways.

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And because our universe

is also impermanent,

the effects can shift

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from hour to hour,

no less day by day.

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Personally I find the twelve syllable mantra

of Buddha Shakyamuni

(Om Muni Muni Maha Muniye Soha)

to be the most energizing.

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And I have found the same applies

to a downward facing gaze

(provided my posture is impeccable).

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When it comes to respiration I have found

that lower-belly centered breathing

is much more energizing

than that which is nostril oriented.

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I have also found

that, while subtle respiration

could make me drowsy,

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more enthusiastic breathing

could keep me more alert.

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I have found that active concentration

(upon an arbitrary object)

could be as exhausting

as it is unproductive

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but that its opposite

(passive awareness

of whatever I happen to notice

in the moment)

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could not only

be more energetically sustainable,

but more spiritually productive as well.

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That is why I recommend

mentally reciting “Notice this…”

during each inhalation

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and “relaxing!”

during each exhalation.

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For it is during our OUT-breaths

that we have the opportunity

of our hang-ups to release. _/\_

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