Journal Entries


Filtering on stage: stage-3+

Type: Awareness of Breath
Read Time: 2 mins
I was in a fasted state this morning having not eaten the day before. I wasn’t feeling hungry though. In fact, I didn’t really notice any difference in feeling. I had my morning coffee and set up just after 7. […] I was thinking a lot today. I found myself easily distracted while … Read More →
Type: Awareness of Breath
Read Time: 2 mins
I was thinking of deferring the session until this evening and doing an hour. I felt a little groggy but a coffee soon helped and I went into my office. As normal I set out on cushions and put some essential oil on. […] As I started I noticed I was in a very similar situation to yesterday. I … Read More →
Type: Awareness of Breath
Read Time: 2 mins
This morning I had decided to wait until the youngest was on his way to nursery. I set up with some essential oil. My eldest wanted to join in. She had grabbed a pair of her own cushions and sat next to me. I explained that she could sit with me and quietly watch her breath if she liked. Knowing … Read More →
Type: Awareness of Breath
Read Time: 4 mins
This was the second session of my two planned hour long sessions this weekend. This time I was starting in the morning slot I prefer where the focus is better. I’d also had a good nights sleep and although a little tired still, I felt that this would wear off a little as the session went on. I … Read More →
Type: Awareness of Breath
Read Time: 3 mins
When I came downstairs I had a coffee and sat and read a little. Stage 4 seems to be where the practice really starts to begin. We are looking to overcome the dullness which can appear during meditation as well as starting to develop real mindfulness. This process of being mindful is also starting … Read More →
Type: Awareness of Breath
Read Time: 1 mins
Following the previous two sessions (links below) we had a final session of mindful breathing. This is after a tea break and it starts with a few general questions. Part of this discussion talked about the balance and finding the right attention if you are sleepy or too alert. Given this is exactly … Read More →
Type: Awareness of Breath
Read Time: 2 mins
This was the main session at a local Buddhist meditation evening. Today was mindfulness of breath. This session followed immediately after the walking meditation. I felt relaxed as I set up my chair. On sitting we did a body scan, noting points of contact and drifting through the body. I settled in … Read More →
Type: Awareness of Breath
Read Time: 1 mins
This session was part of a meditation evening at a local Buddhist center. They often start with a session of walking around 10-15 minutes in a slow circle around the room. Noticing my mind was wandering a little as continued to walk I started to keep a count with “1”, “2”, … Read More →