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Included zazen which was today, from the very first minute, like floating effortlessly on a tranquil lake. Ended with gratitude to all sorts of stuff and people and even for yesterday's busy day. Resolved to say thanks in person to my colleagues today for their calmness in going through yesterd ...
Bluemoon
about 3 hours ago
Did a sort of dog walking zazen meditation.
OpenMind
about 11 hours ago 1
• Heart of my heart/I am yours After today's conversation with Alan my main change in approach came down to 'just relax about it a bit'. I tired to be more aware of what I could control in the sit - where my attention was, and sustaining the practice - and worry less about what I couldn't contro ...
jameswarlock
about 11 hours ago 1 1
Mixture of gratitude, insight, zazen and loving kindness meditation - just what felt right tonight. Fairly easy to sit with what came up today. Concentration drifted at times towards the end but don't mind that given how well it has served me today. I think the zen contentment is back - the daft ...
Bluemoon
about 11 hours ago 1 2
Week 3 Noting light 3 breaks Lots of peaks and troughs in concentration. Did this sit after a long and busy computer and spreadsheet-filled day. That consciousness and this consciousness sure feels different
getyourmindblue
about 13 hours ago 1
I was on my way to work when I noticed all the signs of a migraine. We only had half the team in work today so going home sick wasn’t an option nor was taking a migraine tablet (they send me to sleep). Only one option left – trying ‘the focusing on the pain to make it go’ technique (thanks O ...
Bluemoon
Bluemoon added a diary.
about 14 hours ago 1 3
Took Pratimoksha vows as usual. Emptiness at work was OK again, it comes in now and again. It's definitely easier and better to meditate on emptiness in the morning than doing it "cold" Keeping going with it :-) I have a re-occuring strong sense that I'll die in a car accident. It's been a so ...
OpenMind
OpenMind added a diary.
about 16 hours ago 1
A distinct change has taken place in the quality of the sits now; less up and down, replaced instead by a deepening of the baseline state; impression of expanding vastness and emptiness; accompanied by the Great Sound ringing dimly from afar in the distance
HamiTipene
about 16 hours ago 3
Practiced zazen. Noticed that the effect of being verbally abused on Opensit by pineapplehead (and having him rant about Opensit being like a ghetto) was a disturbed mind. Not because he did it but because he then went back into the shadows and somehow the post disappeared without any further po ...
OpenMind
about 18 hours ago
Daily practice. Moon in Gemini 29° 58' Kali bija mantra 1 x 108 Tara bija mantra 1 x 108 Maha Lakshmi mantra 1 x 108 Vipassana (corpse pose) Body work / hatha yoga / vision Zhang Zhuang ~12 mins Late start. Vipassana was all over the place. It was interesting that I felt relived when someone ...
Hosh
about 18 hours ago 1
Yesterday there was a public verbally abusive attack from a member of this group that contained offensive and un PC language. Today I can't find the content. The attack wasn't from the originator of the post. I've received no apology from the offender or any communication from anyone else on the ...
OpenMind
OpenMind added a diary.
about 20 hours ago 1 2
Mix of zazen and insight meditation. Sitting in zazen with strong emotions was doable one breath at a time, but I did have to be conscious of my eyes wanting to close and to deliberately reopen them and continue. In the middle of the night it hit me that the unidentified feeling from last n ...
Bluemoon
1 day ago 3 8
Sat last night before bed. Slightly surreal experience. I focussed more on open eye for the majority of the sit. I had a few moments of - well, it's hard to explain. Moments where I wasn't analysing. I was just being. Sounds and voices came and went. My breathing was flowing naturally. I ...
mattyashy
1 day ago 4 3
• Heart of my heart/I am yours I tried to keep it simple again tonight - to try and relax as much as possible, to try to keep my attention in the right place, and just do the verse. At times I got into a nice rhythm, and it felt pretty easy, at other times it was harder not to fret about how wel ...
jameswarlock
1 day ago
The sit itself felt pretty ordinary - moments of clarity, moments of distraction, moments of sleepiness, an unidentified emotion building. However it left me feeling a very strange mix of disorientated and absolutely sure (about what is not quite clear). Didn't get frustrated with myself when t ...
Bluemoon
1 day ago 1
Still practising a lot more than usual, always at least 2 sits a day, if not more. General theme has been of replenishing, but also some stress levels. Sits reach enjoyable levels of stillness and I'm sleeping very well. But there's also anxious tummy, heart flutters and what feels like high blo ...
tombh
1 day ago 4 1
Noting light 3 breaks It would be great to write that was all light and love and warm fuzzies, but nahhhhhhhh
getyourmindblue
1 day ago 1
12 - 15/9 Since the liberation experience, have been in too much of a blissed out state to focus on sitting; sat once for 10 minutes, just didn’t seem necessary
HamiTipene
1 day ago
Week 3 Noting light 3 break Got a zinger of an insight that made me laugh with its obviousness. Felt a bit frustrated
getyourmindblue
1 day ago
Apologies in advance for clogging up the time line today. My main reason for starting meditation was down to my social anxiety. I'm always concerned with what people think of me and analysing the way I talk, the way I walk, the way I act etc. Years of little comments made have piled up, and t ...
mattyashy
Matt added a diary.
1 day ago 4 4
Daily practice. Moon in Gemini 18° 2' Kali bija mantra 1 x 108 Tara bija mantra 1 x 108 Nine Breaths Maha Lakshmi mantra 1 x 108 Vipassana (corpse pose) Body work / hatha yoga / vision work Vipassana (corpse pose) Forgot to do the Nine Breaths today. Towards the morning, before practice, my ...
Hosh
1 day ago 1
This must be the most bizarre way I have ever spent my (very late) lunch break. 10 minutes sat outside trying to find something that makes me angry. After thinking of various situations I don’t like (ran through no real sense of anger just frustration/cynicism), decided it would have to be ...
Bluemoon
1 day ago 1 15
Drifting, thinking then back to the method. Not very interesting.
coyoteyogi
2 days ago 1
This morning woke with a lot of peace so made my Pratimoksha vows, practiced non duality the vedanta way and set an intention to be mindful of the true nature of reality at work. Last night, after talking about my trauma feelings with someone who also knew the "pretend suicide" woman, the feeli ...
OpenMind
2 days ago 4 1
No desire to sit today. Sit was cut short by someone coming into my room. Frustrated. Feeding myself with coffee and sweet food. Instant gratification :-/ But, definitely becoming more and more aware of certain things on my life. Over the years I've been told to hide emotion. I guess I've ...
mattyashy
2 days ago 4 1
Some times it feels like I'm just sitting there, mindless; daydreaming, trying to fix problems, making plans, not very focused on breath, and not realizing it before quite a bit of time passes.
pajaboo
2 days ago
I'm starting to notice the effect that the tone/loudness of others voices has on me. I can feel that fight or flight response in my body kick in. The content doesn't matter. It's the tone/loudness. Interesting to notice this.
mattyashy
Matt added a diary.
2 days ago 4 3