Starting again from the morning slot I prefer I started with the suggestion from “The Mind Illuminated” of setting my intentions. I re-read the list just before I started and worked through these in my mind.
|Motivation||- More peace and tranquility|
|Goals||- Multi minute periods of attention to breath|
|Possible Distractions||- Busy day of work ahead|
It took me around three to four minutes to set these clear in my mind along with some expectations and intentions. I also get set up a comfortable posture during this time. After my internal preparation, I did a brief body scan from feet to head. I noted that the attention was fairly stable following the new preparation so I will plan to carry on with this method of starting.
As I scanned through the body from feet to head, I managed to bring the resting place for attention to the tip of the nose. I remember being pleased with this at the time as it allowed for seamless movement between the body scan and the attention to the breath.
As I followed the breath I noticed I was fairly stable in my mind today. Certainly less distracted than many of the sitting sessions I’d had last week. I was pretty stable on the breath throughout. It did, however, move several times from my attention to my peripheral awareness. Much more often than I would have liked.
I put the added stability down to both the new preparation and the fact that I am starting to think less about writing this review during the meditation. I put the tendency for the breath to drift into my peripheral instead of as my main focus down to a small lack of effort. I think if I ‘try’ to focus a little more deeply I am hoping to see better results. (I’ve possibly become too relaxed in the process!)
|Meditiation Type||Awareness of Breath|
|Meditiation Position||Seated Tall Chair|
|Meditiation Stages||Stage-2 Stage-2+|
|Tags||Procrastinating Relaxed Relaxed Energy|