Starting just before seven am, I had a choice between doing the session now, with noisy children in the background, or waiting until they left for school. Deciding to start now I set out my cushions and lit the essential oil diffuser.
I was not working today, so I had one less distraction leading into the session. This was a part of my motivation for starting now instead of waiting. It felt good to have a small hindrance to the practice so I could be aware of how this affected my mind.
Having started my preparations I noticed my attention was fairly good this morning. I was not troubled by thoughts, but I did notice that I could ‘just forget’ what I was doing.
I put this down to being a little tired. I’ve been awake on and off since 5am this morning. After completing the preparations and the body scan, I counted ten breaths and led into the main session.
Today I did not use internal commentary, at least not in a formal way. As I sat I became aware of the chain of breathing and it’s sensations without putting words on it. I breathed in, noticing sensations at the nose, observed the pause, then breathed out, again watching at the nose and setting on the pause. As my attention was fairly good this morning, this was enough.
I did have the distractions of the noisy house, this morning I used my internal commentary to note these. Noises and thoughts I labeled as such. Sometimes using “planning” when the thought related to the day ahead. When I had a sensation in the body, I used “sensation”. A couple of times these distractions briefly became my main focus. This did not last more than a few seconds at any time so I was pleased with this.
On finishing, I can reflect on a fairly plain, but successful session. I’m feeling calm and peaceful too.
|Meditiation Type||Awareness of Breath|
|Meditiation Position||Seated Floor Cushion|
|Meditiation Stages||Stage-2+ Stage-3|
|Tags||Noting Calm Peaceful|