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.
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.
|Meditiation Type||Awareness of Breath|
|Meditiation Position||Seated Floor Cushion|
|Meditiation Stages||Stage-2+ Stage-3|