This morning I was up in my preferred early slot again. After sitting with a coffee I came into my office, set out some essential oils and prepared the cushions.
As I settled into position on the floor I had about a minute sitting quietly before I remembered to set the timer. I had set the oils going so I was just starting to notice the fragrances starting. I closed my eyes with the beginning gong.
I was aware that I’d had some good sessions yesterday so I was keen to build on this without it becoming an expectation. Having read a little further into the book yesterday, there was a suggestion to try to notice several sensations on the in and out breath, as well as close observation of the pauses.
I got through my preparations quite well and proceeded to a fairly quick body scan. This finished and I counted ten breaths before settling into the practice.
Here I found that some of the calm and attention had carried from yesterdays sessions. My focus was good, I was just breathing in and out, fairly naturally, and noting the sensations.
Here I required less effort to focus than I had in the past. Where I found I needed some conscious effort was to keep coming back to the sensations in the nose for the in and out breath.
The book suggests that with practice you will be able to find many sensations on the way in and out. I was noticing clearly the sense of air moving in each nostril for the in breath, as well as a gentle rising from the body.
On the way out again I could feel the slightly warmer air leaving at the nose. I intend to practice like this for a while. I hope I will be able to observe more sensations as suggested with practice.
As the session progressed, I found the mind wanting to head towards planning the day or thinking about progression in the practice. Although I did not lose attention to the breath, I did have to move away from these distractions and bring attention firmly back to the sensations at the nose several times. This became more frequent towards the end of the session.
Eventually, the bell rang and pleased with another session of good attention I left the cushions.
|Meditiation Type||Awareness of Breath|
|Meditiation Position||Seated Floor Cushion|
|Meditiation Stages||Stage-2+ Stage-3 Stage-3+|