Question of the Week: Drowsiness


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How do you prevent drowsiness during your meditation? If you find yourself dozing off, what do you do?

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One thought on “Question of the Week: Drowsiness

  1. If e dozing off is the result of lack of sleep, then I stop the meditation and get myself some sleep. I try not to sleep in my meditation for fear of turning it into a habit every time I sit.

    If i feel drowsy, I can my gaze, I lift my neck slightly upward. In Vajrayana practice, not closing the eyes during the meditation also prevents drowsiness.

    Sometimes, getting up and wash the face also helps. Another thing I do is to change the focus. From watching the breath, I start to visualize, or I may break into silent chanting.

    Hope to hear from others.

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