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Daily Timetable?

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Daily Timetable?

Postby Chi » Fri Feb 10, 2012 6:04 pm

Hi Everybody,

This has always been an issue for me...

On retreats, I am on the timetable like there is no tomorrow. I do my best to be early to the scheduled sittings, etc. I like conforming.

Back home, it's a bit different. It's like there is no direction and I am just flowing with whatever feels good. Sometimes, I tell myself the night before that I am going to follow this timetable and I even write it down, but it rarely goes as planned. The internet is so darn fun, reconnecting with friends feels so good.

I don't know, maybe it's just coming back from a long retreat, but I feel like I need a time table again.

What are your thoughts on this? Do you schedule a time table for yourself? If so, care to share?

with metta,
Chi
Do Good, Avoid Evil, Purify the Mind.

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Re: Daily Timetable?

Postby Sanghamitta » Fri Feb 10, 2012 6:57 pm

One hours practice mornings
Forty five minutes evenings...always. winter summer in sickness and in health.
And if that means getting up earlier, if travelling for example...then thats what I do.
The going for refuge is the door of entrance to the teachings of the Buddha.

Bhikku Bodhi.

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Re: Daily Timetable?

Postby santa100 » Fri Feb 10, 2012 7:10 pm

It's all about "habit energy". It might take some effort and discipline at the beginning to kick the bad habit and reinforce the good one. But once you've got a hang of it, it should be pretty smooth from then on..

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Re: Daily Timetable?

Postby Goofaholix » Fri Feb 10, 2012 7:21 pm

Do you have a job? I find this dominates my timetable and I fit whatever else in I can.

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Re: Daily Timetable?

Postby Chi » Fri Feb 10, 2012 11:17 pm

Do Good, Avoid Evil, Purify the Mind.

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Re: Daily Timetable?

Postby contemplans » Sat Feb 11, 2012 2:05 pm

My spiritual life didn't really go anywhere until I set up a schedule. It is always easy to say, later. My biggest problem is free time. My day is pretty laid out with work and family life. I either need to make free time, or when I do have I just drift like Old Man River. I realized that having free time is not the problem, but my problem was not having any structure to it. Generally I schedule sitting time, reading/study time, pure recreation (rest), and time of vocal prayer. Every once in a while I'll shake things up a bit. The schedule can't be inflexible. My life's different then yours, so you have to find your own schedule, but I highly recommend that have a schedule. As I've heard someone say, you have to set your clock to "Monastic Standard Time".


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