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When I meditate in the evening I am full of energy and have problems sleeping at night. When I meditate in the morning I fall asleep during meditation and am still very tired. Why does the state I enter the meditation energetic sleepy have an effect on how I feel afterwards?


Maybe you are a night person and your daily rhythm is being up until late each day. People who stay up late at night have difficulty with early morning zazen. The training schedule in a monastery is more suited for people who go to sleep early and wake up early as well. If you were to stay in a monastery for just a month, your natural rhythm would also change, since we as humans live by habit, and this can be changed. The people in the monastery wake up at 3:40 am, yet I go to bed around 11pm and wake up at 2am so that I have time in the morning before the monastery schedule starts, to raise my energy, and then by 4am for morning sutras, I am right awake. The rhythm has to be followed daily, or it is difficult to change.


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