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Meditation without timers

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Meditation without timers

Postby Dhammakid » Tue Dec 28, 2010 5:45 am

Hey everyone,
Because I'm am currently without an audio device to use during sits, it's hard for me to know when my designated 15 or 30 minutes have elapsed. I have a computer at home but it's not mine, for one, and it's a desktop and it's located on the first floor in our office - so I can't bring it upstairs to my room where I practice.

I have an alarm clock, but I'm not looking forward to coming out of meditation with the harsh sounds of a buzzer (though I guess I could set it to sound NPR's classical music at a low volume...)

Any advice besides the alarm clock?

Thanks.

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Re: Meditation without timers

Postby Reductor » Tue Dec 28, 2010 6:22 am

?? You don't have a cell phone?? Every phone I've ever seen has an alarm clock with an adjustable ring.

Failing that, get an egg/kitchen timer. I don't know if you guys have dollar stores, but the local dollar store up here sells those things for a buck-fifty.

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Postby Dhammakid » Tue Dec 28, 2010 6:44 am

I do believe there are a couple unused cell phones in the house, though I doubt they're charged. I'll have to see if I can find a charger.

The kitchen timer is a good idea.

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Postby PaulGar » Tue Dec 28, 2010 6:52 am

I know a lot of monks will meditate for the time it takes a joss stick to burn. This is probably an imprecise measurement tool, but it seems to work for a lot of people.

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Re: Meditation without timers

Postby cooran » Tue Dec 28, 2010 8:18 pm

Hello all,

It would be a personal choice as to what is most useful and least disturbing to concentration.

I couldn't use the joss stick - even with eyes half open, I'd be continually glancing at it in an ''are we there yet? are we there yet?'' fashion. For others, this might not be a problem at all.

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Re: Meditation without timers

Postby Dhammakid » Tue Dec 28, 2010 11:52 pm

Hmm... not sure what kind of distraction joss sticks would be for me. Guess I'll only know if I try. I usually meditate with eyes closed since I can't seem to actually keep them open when I try.

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Re: Meditation without timers

Postby zavk » Wed Dec 29, 2010 2:44 am

I don't use a timer these days, but I used to set an audio recording of a Burmese gong in the timer/alarm function of my cellphone. It was nice to end the session with a ring of mindfulness.
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Re: Meditation without timers

Postby Dhammakid » Fri Dec 31, 2010 4:25 am

Mikenz: Ah, yes, you're right. I like incense whenever I can get a hold of it, but it does get a bit overwhelming if I burn it inside too much.

Zavk: Yeah, I have a cell phone, but I don't have service on it so I don't use it. And somehow I've misplaced my charger for it, so I couldn't even if I wanted. Although I guess I could use a family member's charger for it whenever they aren't using it.

How did you find the gong sound for your cellphone? Can you point me to a link to a download?

I think for now I'll just use my alarm clock - set it to the public radio station on low volume and hope it's not too startling when it goes off at the end of my session.

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Postby octathlon » Fri Dec 31, 2010 6:46 pm

You can buy special meditation timers, but they seem to be quite expensive for such a simple thing.

I've used a simple digital kitchen timer when I need to time myself and don't want to turn on the computer just for that. I bought it for kitchen use, but it's fine for timing meditation as well. It is not a pleasant sound but it's one that isn't too jarring and is certainly a lot cheaper.

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Postby Moth » Fri Dec 31, 2010 11:04 pm

I use my digital watch as a timer, but the problem I have with timers is that I get the urge to check how long its been/how long is left. Perhaps this will be overcome with continued practice.
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Re: Meditation without timers

Postby unspoken » Sat Jan 01, 2011 10:11 am

There are different types of joss sticks. With some made by lavenda, different fragrance and so on. And there's some that have special "feature" like less smokes it will produce. One small glowing stick won't harm anyone but the smokes from cars on highways do, harm someone.

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Re: Meditation without timers

Postby andre9999 » Sat Jan 01, 2011 4:17 pm

I use Zen Timer for my iPhone, which I'm extremely happy with. It's extremely customizable and the sounds are very pleasant.


Why I'm responding though, is because of all the people saying that they often tempted to watch the clock. What I do is set the timer, and then toss it too far for me to see without getting up. Fixes that problem for me pretty nicely.

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Re: Meditation without timers

Postby aaron987 » Mon Jan 03, 2011 10:55 pm

The site below has some nice timers that are simple mp3 files. You can play them on your computer, burn them to a CD, or whatever you want to do with them. It is just a simple bell, then dead silence for a given amount of time, then more bells to let you know when time is up. The 5 minute timer is free, the others are $0.99 each.



*Disclaimer: That link is to my own site, but because it is relevant to the discussion I decided to post it.

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Re: Meditation without timers

Postby Adrien » Wed Jan 05, 2011 12:18 am

This one provides free "mp3 timers" :

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