2019-04-05 7:17am 35m Morning Sitting

Type: Awareness of Breath
Read Time: 2 mins


Preparation

I was slightly later than I would have liked, partially due to odd sleeping arrangements last night. When I got the chance I snuck off into my office, laid out the cushions and set up the essential oil diffuser.

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

Review

As I sat this morning I felt my posture was a little more comfortable than recently. I also felt quite steady doing the preparations. When it came to the body scan, I took it slow and very deliberately. This led nicely into the breath. Today I did not start with any internal commentary. I just took awareness of the changing stages of the breathing cycle and the bodily sensations at the nose as my meditation object.

Unlike yesterday I didn’t put as much focus on the checking in technique. I just planned to have a still and peaceful session. Things started really well. Slow preparation led to a good firm awareness and the distractions were not able to interrupt this.

About 15 minutes in, I had a thought about a business situation I needed to deal with. It seemed like a clever way to solve the problem. It grabbed my full attention for a few seconds before I realised what had happened. I caught it quickly and came back to the breath. This line of thinking, however, would not cease. As I sat now, my mind was determined to resume this.

After a few minutes in this way, some of the other distractions crept in too. Noises around the house and the noisy children were both interrupting now where they had not before. I sat with the session in this way for a few minutes, before deciding to use some internal commentary to increase focus. I now labeled the parts of the cycle “in”, “pause”, “out”, “pause” and watched the nose for sensations. This was effective if a little unsatisfactory.

After maybe five minutes of sitting in this way, the bell rang and I finished. Noting some pins and needles in my right leg. It seems falling back to the commentary when the session gets difficult is effective for the busy mind.

Classifications

Meditiation Type Awareness of Breath
Meditiation Position Seated Floor Cushion
Meditiation Length 35m
Meditiation Stages Stage-2+ Stage-3
Tags Busy Mind
Satisfaction Rating 6
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