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    sinking or napping

    Gassho everyone,

    It is a gorgeous day here in NW Indiana the sun is out it is in the 70's. The room I sit in was very bright today and a little warmer than normal because of the sun streaming through the patio doors.

    During my round I had several instances where my awareness was that my eyes were closed. I opened them and found that my posture was as it had been when I was last aware of it. I have experienced sinking mind before during rounds of zazen but not to this extent. It struck me as odd that I could not tell the difference between napping and the extreme sinking. Only my awareness of my posture gave me any clue.

    Does it matter which it was? If awareness is to all of the experience, should one be aware whether the inattentiveness was napping or sinking mind? If there is no labeling its enough simple to rise to attentiveness again over and over and over, 40 winks or however many it takes. If I contemplate this any longer I will be napping.

    Forgive my sleepy rambling,

    Gassho,

    Marty

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    Re: sinking or napping

    Marty,

    Thanks for sharing.
    Sinking? Napping? We all do it.
    Zazen is not an experience we should judge.
    Every inch of your sitting, napping, sinking, fading...is sitting.

    Marty, I am your brother in this, Jundo too and many others.

    Just relax, and come back anytime you can to this body-mind-sitting.


    gassho


    Taigu

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    Re: sinking or napping

    Quote Originally Posted by mhoke46375
    Gassho everyone,

    I have experienced sinking mind before during rounds of zazen...
    Marty
    Newbie question - what is "sinking mind"?

    Thanks,

    Craig

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    Re: sinking or napping

    I'm glad you asked, Craig; I was too shy.

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    Re: sinking or napping

    Quote Originally Posted by CraigfromAz
    Newbie question - what is "sinking mind"?
    Tuning out. When you have closed your thoughts, but not aware. Maybe?

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