December 21, 2012

Student: When I practice meditation after work, I am very tired.  Sometimes it is too hard.  What should I do?

Master: Sometimes it can be difficult to practice meditation with mindfulness, especially with all the things that go on in our lives. One might feel tired after a day’s work, so at the time set aside for meditation one cannot keep from falling asleep. This happens occasionally. However, you can get up a bit earlier in the morning and practice before you go to work. Then, at noontime, you can practice during your break. It is okay to sit in a chair during your meditation.  If you have five minutes, you practice for five minutes. If you have ten minutes, you practice for ten minutes. At least, you need to have some quiet time to practice each day, either in the morning or in the evening. After you get up in the morning, you can practice. Then, in the evening you can practice again before you go to bed. We feel tired after a day’s work, so we tend to fall asleep when we try to practice meditation. This is a normal thing. If you want to practice meditation after a day’s work, you still can do so. You can practice yoga before seated meditation, or you can do some exercises to move your body and relax your body. Then you can start meditation. If you sense that you will fall asleep after ten minutes, try moving or swaying your body to stay awake and then continue your practice. However, if you still fall asleep once, twice or even three times, my suggestion is to go hug your pillow.