Journal Entries


Filtering on stage: stage-4

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
I had to wait to start for a little while this morning, the children both played their part in delaying my start. At just after 7:30am I was able to slip away and set up. I was feeling very tired and my body felt a little achy all over. As I set up my mind wanted to drift towards thinking about the … 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: 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: 3 mins
I was downstairs at 6am again which is my preferred time. I may move this back a few minutes as the day breaks earlier over the summer. I slowly read for 25 minutes and had a coffee. As usual, I went into the room the set up the cushions and put some essential oil in the diffuser. […] Sitting … Read More →
Type: Awareness of Breath
Read Time: 3 mins
I got out of bed a few minutes before 6am and came down to get a coffee. Being up early gave me time to read into stage 4 a bit further. I found that as suspected I was working within this stage on my more stable sessions. Reading on it suggested that the practice of checking should become … Read More →