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Wednesday, January 07, 2009

The Tricycle Meditation Challenge 2009.

Meditation is not a means to an end. It is both the means and the end.
~Jiddu Krisnamurti

I'm out of shape and not physically--o.k., well I do need to lose some weight but I'm talking about meditation. Other than today I haven't meditated in a long, long time (blushing) but I have decided to make it a new year resolution to meditate more in 2009. Today I received the most recent newsletter from Tricycle magazine and they are proposing what they call a 90-day meditation challenge.

So to begin my resolution and the new year I have decided to take that challenge. I am going to get back into the groove by meditating every day for 90 days--even if for only 5-10 minutes. They say that they'll have some additional information regarding the challenge in the February issue.

It's always easier to maintain a resolution with the help of friends and their encouragement and even participation. So if anyone wants to do this with me I think that'd be great and we could all motivate each other during the challenge. My goal is to not stop after the 90 day period but to take that good habit energy and roll it into a 401k, er wait that's not it. My goal is to take that good habit energy and roll it into a strong year of meditation. I'm going to also keep a daily log of how things are going along the way--some of which I might include as updates at the bottom of my posts.

~Peace to all beings~

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31 comments:

Anvlee said...

Sounds like a good challenge! For even just 5-10 minutes a day we should be able to do it.


Janice

Jacques Steyn said...

Good luck with your challenge. You will come out a more relaxed person.

EdaMommy said...

I'm up for it! ^_^

Been trying to do the same - didn't know Tricycle had this going on....

Phil from Trike said...

Thanks for the great post, James! We're glad you're going to join in on this and we hope this Zen meditation challenge inspires a lot of people to do the same. We'll have a lot of material in the February issue (optimistically called the Spring issue) and on tricycle.com to keep everyone sitting through the 90 days! Many thanks and best wishes to you.

Barry said...

I'm with you, James!

Anonymous said...

Good luck with it!
You just have to make meditation a habit. And how hard was it to create that habit in the beginning, that hard it will became to loose it. I meditate at least every morning; i just wake up 30minutes before i have to, and its usually enough time for practice. Nowadays i can't even imagine my mornings without it. It gives you a good start for the whole day too. You can do it!!!!

Edge

Sparkly said...

Hello James and other visitors,

I am keen to join in with this. I learnt TM meditation about a decade ago but never persevered despite feeling better when I did it. I think I am just going to start some type of meditation and not call it anything special. I have a question though - my inclination is to meditate just before bed because it relaxes me and sends me off to sleep. Would I be right in thinking that this would be better than nothing? But am I missing out by not doing it at some other time of day?

Blessings
Sparkly

Brian said...

sparkly,
meditation at anytime of the day or night is GREAT. The benefit to meditation really comes when you meditate in the same spot, at the same time (regardless of when it is), and focus on what it is you want to do.
The most important thing (regardless of time) is that you meditate and your routine of the evening is great.

The advantage of the morning is that you can "ride" on your dream state if you can meditate within 20 minutes of rising - when one is engrossed in a serious sadhana (practice) than rising at 4am to meditate is THE BEST TIME but for most this is just not a possible hour :) no worries.

So pick a place in your home, using the same blankets and pillows, at the same time and you will find that your meditation get better over time as that SPECIFIC area and materials you use during your practice will "hold a charge" per se or in Sanskrit called shakti. It has the ability to remain charged over long periods of time. Try it :)

Hope this helps.

Buddhist_philosopher said...

Good luck, James - and others! Perhaps a log of your progress would help you and the rest of us stay motivated. Happy New Year :)

Nikki Magennis said...

I'm going to start right now ... : )

Alice said...

I think my problem is that when I know I can't sit for at least 20-30 minutes, I just don't do it at all. That's my excuse. So if I can get my butt on the cushion for even 5 minutes, I should just do it! And here I go!

Sparkly said...

Brian - thanks very much for your reply - you are so encouraging! I'm excited to give it a go :)

Sparkly

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clay said...

Thanks for the post. This looks like a great way to get back on the cushion.

Paul said...

I'll be interested to read about how well you do. I done a google search and it looks like Tricycle done this last year. I found this blog specifying it from 11 months ago: http://badbadbuddha.wordpress.com/2007/02/22/commit-to-sit/

And if you have online access to this you can see how they did it back then
http://www.tricycle.com/onpractice/commit-sit

I am not a subscriber so have no idea what went on. Its a shame as I think Tricycle sounds pretty good but don't want to fork out al lthat money o na subscription on a magazine that could let me down. I have looked in magazine stores here and I cannot find it available up here in Canada (Alberta).

If you do get any information on exactly what the challenge entails could you post it as even if I do subscribe I doubt I'll have it in time. I've subsribed to magazines from the US before and usually get them a month or so late. I think the post man reads them ;)

Would you say Tricycle is a worth while subscription or is it full of ads?

release_in_extremity said...

hey everyone,
i've been enjoying practicing vipassana meditation and i have done a little metta meditation and i'm wondering how TM is different from them. i've heard of it but have never done it or read about it. i write 'everyone' because i'd like to address this comment to any commenter as well as to james.
thanks,
rooster

Sparkly said...

Rooster,

I can share the little I know and remember of TM but can't really compare it to other forms because of my own lack of knowledge. TM involves meditating with a mantra given to you during your training. Training takes three sessions over three days. I think the teacher chooses a mantra to suit you as an individual...I am hazy on the details as I was taught a long time ago. Your mantra is not to be shared with anyone. There is quite a lot of secrecy involved with the teaching of TM - the way the secrecy was explained to me was that it was simply part of the experience of creating something ritualistic and magical and spiritual. There was certainly nothing dubious being taught. TM is quite often practised in groups or at the same time by different people spread all over geographically because it is believed that collectively energy/spirit/consciousness can be raised even higher. I hope that if I have got any of this wrong someone will set us all straight! :)
I managed to do five minutes this morning (I think TM is designed to take about 20 mins - although if you want to do longer you could). Out of interest I measured my pulse afterwards - 55 - was very happy with that!

Sparkly

Tim said...

Sign me up, James....You know about the many, many times that I've fallen off the cushion! I'm going to see if I can get the latest issue. Let me know when you plan to begin. We'll compare notes..I've been trying to regroup a little with an new blog too....http://buddhainroad.blogspot.com/

Renée said...

James, I didnt't meditate for ages...! So this is a great opportunity and help to do now my first steps. I will join the community! Wish you all courage and perseverance!

Lisa said...

I'm in. My name is Lisa (obviously). I'm in Central Ontario. I've been enjoying reading your blog.... uh, I'm a lawyer (part-time), mother, wife, martial artist, perpetual student, in no particular order :) and though that sounds like a lot, mostly I am pretty lazy. I would be delighted to sit with you.

They call him James Ure said...

I'm so happy to read so many who are committing to do more meditation this year. I feel such connection with you all and am excited to kick things off in February or whenever Tricycle decides to start the 90 days.

Paul said...

OK, I am in on this 100%.

I'll need details of exactly what is oging on. I tried subscribing to Tricycle so will hopefully receive it in time.
Will you be posting the terms of the practice?

They call him James Ure said...

Paul:

Excellent!! I think this will be great to think of all of us meditating together all around the globe. It's a great idea by Tricycle.

I subscribed to Tricycle online so I'll be posting all the details on when to start, etc.

This is be a great way to start 2009. One of these years I'm going to take a break from the New Year's Eve routine of champagne and spend it meditating and such.

Paul said...

I found an article on buddhanet.net relating to this, well, actually its a snippet of an article. I found it by accident whilst doing research on Dorje Shugden.



3. I am taking the 28 day meditation challenge. Can any form of meditation be conducted while driving to and from work?

For many daily activities we emphasize mindfulness of the body. Since you have to have an open awareness of seeing and hearing etc in order to drive safely, it is more in the nature of a light awareness on touch sensation. It is not a tight focus, or an exclusive focus, but a regular return to the chosen object, like the feeling of your hands on the steering wheel. There is also lots of opportunity to notice mind states, like agitation, impatience, anger, compassion, joy. The touch sensation gives us an anchor, and allows us to see these mind states arise and pass away without getting lost in them.

Taken from http://www.buddhanet.net/budsas/ebud/ebdha345.htm

Ambud said...

I'm with yah, my practice was a bit sporatic in 2008..looking forward to keeping it regular.

Paul said...

Hi all reading this post. Hopefully you get this message but I have taken the liberty of starting up a 'tribe' called Commit To Sit.
http://tribes.tribe.net/committosit
If you are not aware of Tribe.net it is a website that I would best desribe as a forum of forums. You search for a subject and ther eis a mini forum (or Tribe) where you can post and reply to posts on the subject.

So, as quite a few people seem to be interested in this event I figured I'd set up a Tribe for it. So anyone taking part and wants to see how others are getting on and/or report how well you are doing feel free to join. Tribe is a free web site. I just figure to save clogging up poor James' blog with lots of comments we can see how we are all getting along. We may even make new friends along the way. Feel free to invite whom ever you wish to the tribe. The more the merrier.

I do not know the details of the event yet but if it is a non-specific meditation each day I may actually get through all the mp3's of meditations. I'll do one a day and review them.

St.John said...

Tricycle does that every year, and with good reason. People like us trickle away and get lazy. I too am trying to take up the challenge to be more consistent this year. Good Luck!

Ted Bagley said...

To me Krishnamurti's quote is saying that meditation is a singular action that can be done by anyone. The action being the seeing of what things mean to us and letting us sort things out to see what needs to be brought to life and what needs to be just killed off at the start. That way we can embody, or be the symbol of, what we see to be true for anyone without arguments from anyone and therefore having nothing worth fighting for. It's about using the imaginary realm for something other than defending myself.

vinay said...

I am with you..... I am starting from today. Please be in touch, it helps inspiring each other.

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Lester @ Adult Tricycle said...

I remember I made a similar goal couple of years ago. But I'm just not been committed enough to meditate regularly.

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