2019-04-04 6:38am 35m Morning Sitting

Type: Awareness of Breath
Read Time: 3 mins


Preparation

As I was up quite early this morning, I had a quick coffee, read the book a little and started. Today I decided to start using a technique called “checking”. This is where you use some introspective awareness to check in with yourself and become aware of any distractions which might become a problem.

As I finished my coffee, I went into the room and set up my cushions. The candle for the essential oil finished before I had got started, but I decided to leave it out rather then relight it.

Motivation
  • Peaceful mind and more focus
Goals
  • Mastery of stage 3
  • Practice the checking technique
Possible Distractions
  • Thinking and Planning the day head
  • Planning this Journal entry
Posture
  • Seated on a pair of cushions on the floor - cross legged.

Review

I had fasted yesterday and I still had not eaten. This may have been a factor as this morning my mind was very bright, which is nice, but also active with thinking. Having lots of mental energy manifested in a busy mind when I sat down to meditate. This felt quite different from my usual distractions which tend to be based on planning or an emotional event.

As I went through the preparations many quick thoughts popped in. Not unpleasant thoughts, just scattered, mostly planning and thinking about situations. It took me a couple of minutes to go through the preparation intention steps. I moved on to a body scan and this was also hit with many thoughts, I took it a little slow here and finally counted a few breaths.

I moved into the main breathing awareness session and the thinking was still present. I thought about using a strict commentary to label the breathing cycle, but instead, I was hoping to test out the checking-in technique suggested. As I went through I pretty much settled on breathing in and out with an awareness of sensations at the nose then resting awareness at the pause between breaths. I found that this was where the thinking normally started, in this pause.

I then tried a couple of things to help. I tried internally saying “pause” on the gaps, which did help a lot. After a couple of minutes, I decided that I would drop though, in favour of trying the checking-in and labeling techniques to reduce the distractions.

Towards the end of the sitting, I was aware of strong pins and needles and some physical discomfort. This lead to some restlessness, it felt a little different from the impatience which had been creeping in which felt grounded in the mind. This restlessness was a desire to get up and move the body. It was not able to last long though, as the gong soon rang to end the session.

Classifications

Meditiation Type Awareness of Breath
Meditiation Position Seated Floor Cushion
Meditiation Length 35m
Meditiation Stages Stage-3
Tags Checking Busy Mind Noting Fasted
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