2019-03-30 7:05am 20m Morning Sitting

Type: Awareness of Breath
Read Time: 3 mins


Preparation

We woke up on our family weekend away. It was a broken night as the children woke up a few times. After some quick toast and coffee, the chance to sneak off presented itself. It was just after seven am, I had a choice between doing the session now, with noisy children in the background, or waiting this evening. Deciding to start now as I would probably be very tired this evening, I went into the bedroom and closed the door.

Motivation
  • Peaceful mind and more focus
Goals
  • Work towards stage 3 mastery
  • Practice letting the childrens noises drift over
Possible Distractions
  • Noisy children around the houe
Posture
  • On a small bench at the foot of a bed, propped up by a couple of pillows

Review

As I settled in to do the preparations I noticed that I was very aware of the children skwarking around. I resolved to try and let this drift into the background. I was tired starting this session and although not in a bad mood I was aware of being a little short tempered.

I chose to do a 20 minute session with a background noise of falling rain. The shorter session was just as I wouldn’t be away for a long. The rain was in the hope that a little ‘white noise’ would help me ignore some of the more distracting sounds. As I completed my preparations I performed a body scan for around two minutes. I finished with ten counted breaths and moved to plain awareness of breath.

My attention was quite good considering, I just kept a close awareness of the breathing cycle with a focus on the sensations around the nose. I found as before that if my focus started to slip, the awareness or rhythm of the cycle remained, but the awareness of the sensations dropped first.

About ten minutes in I did lose both briefly. I’d drifted into a small fantasy around what to write and this blog becoming successful. Although thinking about what to write here is a distraction, it is also a motivator, so still, on balance I think it’s worth it.

After catching this I returned and put a close focus on the nose sensations. This firmed up the attention and the last 6-7 minutes drifted out quite nicely. As the gong finished, I didn’t head straight out. I had predetermined to do a quick white light visualisation. Similar to a body scan, but imagining a warm energetic light filling the body from feet to head.

I did this over the two minutes following the session as I was hoping it may help a little with the tiredness. I paid particular attention to the warmth and this felt good. As I finished I got up to start the day, feeling a bit better.

Classifications

Meditiation Type Awareness of Breath
Meditiation Position Seated Tall Chair
Meditiation Length 20m
Meditiation Stages Stage-2+ Stage-3
Tags Holiday Tired
Satisfaction Rating 6
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