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Offline StillWaters

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Hello all
« on: November 30, 2016, 04:53:15 pm »
I'm a new practitioner and am doing vipassana meditation. I'm currently a lone practitioner but I've been kind of a loner anyways. Just gave up my practice of witchcraft and shamanism. I could not find any fulfilment, l have had problems with porn, and other unhappy vices such as a weekend alcoholic abuser,since I'm studying Theravada Buddhism and vipassana meditation these problems don't exist any more.Thats saying alot since I'm 58 and have been involved in vice's since I was 16. I've only been practicing Buddhism for 2months and find it hard to believe but it's very true. I still have a Way's to walk, I don't sleep well, and worry alot but I'm confident I'll conquer that threw Buddhism. And my strong interest and faith  :anjali:

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Re: Hello all
« Reply #1 on: December 01, 2016, 10:56:59 am »

Thanks for sharing with us.  You'll find a lot of very knowledgeable people here (not necessarily myself, though  :-P) that can help answer your questions when you have them.  Hope you find the forum to be of benefit to you.

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Re: Hello all
« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2016, 02:22:41 pm »
Hi StillWaters,

Not sleeping well can often come with age. I began waking up about 2:00 or 3:00 am several decades ago. Since laying there worrying about it doesn't accomplish much, I drag myself out of bed and meditate for an hour or two. When my mind is finally settled I can go to sleep easily. That's become something of a habit, which I've gotten rather attached to, since it's harder to practice once the day has started.
My first formal meditation training was with Shunryu Suzuki in the 60's and later with Kobun, Robert Aitken and many other teachers (mainly zen). However, I've spent the most time practicing on my own, which is all I do now. I'm living in a rather isolated area so I miss connecting with other practitioners. Despite my interest in zen I've made an effort to remain secular. You can visit my website at


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