Meditating while awake/asleep

Today is a day off for me, so when I woke up and laid in bed with my eyes closed and noticed that the dreams were still playing, I decided to let them continue to roll on while I lay there awake.

After the same dream kept replaying itself in different ways, I noticed that an old woman was usually standing behind me and to my right, observing the dreams. I didn’t bother to ask her who she was, I just jumped right to my main question: “Why am I seeing these things?”

She answered, “You need to resolve these situations to your own satisfaction.”

So I laid there for about two hours — about the length of going out to see a movie, I figured — letting the dreams go on and trying to understand and somehow “resolve” them. The old woman was always there, so every once in a while I turned to her and asked her another question. She willingly answered everything I asked.

Let it go (meditate)

In general I try to avoid swearing these days, but sometimes you just need to get your point across. Meditate, let it go ... forgiveness is good for your heart, and good for your soul.*

* Forgiveness doesn’t mean you should be a carpet for others to walk on.

Make a game of active meditation alvin July 16, 2017 - 9:13pm

The best advice I’ve gotten for practicing mindfulness meditation while not sitting in meditation – i.e., in active meditation – is to make something of a game of it. When I wash the dishes it’s like, “How deep can I get while I wash these dishes?” Or when talking to another person, you both put down the cellphones and think, “Okay, we’re both here right now, how much can we focus only on each other and be here in this moment while we talk? How deep can we go?”

I was reminded of this when I read this line recently: “Finally, I got it! The menial tasks I had been assigned to around the temple were meant to be an exercise in meditation. Whatever I was doing, my job was to try to stay in samadhi.”

(That quote comes from the book, The Science of Meditation.)

The day becomes something that happens within your meditation alvin July 13, 2017 - 7:22am

“You can meditate while talking to someone, while washing the dishes, while driving. As your experience grows, you eventually come to a point where you are so present that there is a kind of merging of inside and outside. When that happens, ‘focus’ becomes more than an extremely interesting and pleasant experience; it becomes a transformative experience.”

“Eventually a delicious figure-ground reversal takes place. In the beginning, meditation is something that happens within your day. Eventually, the day becomes something that happens within your meditation.”

~ From “The Science of Enlightenment: How Meditation Works

How to meditate into pain alvin June 10, 2015 - 9:41am

Normally when I have physical pain I meditate in a way as to get far away from it, but this image shows part of an article by Shinzen Young where he writes about how to meditate into the pain.

Thich Nhat Hanh - How to sit in meditation alvin February 17, 2015 - 4:04pm

Notes on how to sit in meditation, by Thich Nhat Hanh, from

Meditation peer pressure in Silicon Valley alvin March 10, 2014 - 1:03pm

Interesting comment from a speaker (Loic Le Meur) at the Wisdom 2.0 Conference in 2014.

A dog, meditating alvin October 8, 2012 - 7:46am

When my dog Zeus was alive, he'd join me while I was meditating. That's what this photo reminds me of.