I got out of bed a few minutes before 6am and came down to get a coffee. Being up early gave me time to read into stage 4 a bit further. I found that as suspected I was working within this stage on my more stable sessions. Reading on it suggested that the practice of checking should become continuous mindfulness. This process is termed “Continuous Introspective Awareness” in the book, and I think I prefer this to the occasional checking. It feels like this is more where I need to focus. The house was very quiet this morning so after my coffee, I came into my office and set up with cushions and essential oil.
As I sat I noticed that I didn’t have the dullness which has been around in the last few days. Instead, I was slightly over to the energetic side. I got through the preparations a little slowly as there was some excitement to get on and practice. Once I had set them out in my mind, I went into a body scan and tried to keep a side awareness of the breath and a little introspective awareness of the overall state of things. The scan went well and although many thoughts flashed in I had a good awareness to let them come and go without too much interaction.
Moving onto the breath I found I was very content sitting and practicing. I was comfortable and still, and I did not have a problem holding the attention to breath or awareness. This continued for around ten pleasant minutes. I was noticing how much I was enjoying this when I heard a soft knock on the office door. It was my eldest who had just got up and wanted a cuddle and a drink. I got her set on the sofa, gave her a cuddle for a few minutes and said I would return.
I was not bothered or irritated by the interruption at all. I was pleased about this fact, especially as the session that was interrupted was going very well. Upon returning I quickly re-iterated through the preparation steps and went back into the breath. The focus was not as good. This I guess was almost inevitable. I returned to breathing and using introspective awareness. This time as the distractions were more engaging I practiced being grateful for noticing.
There were twenty minutes left as I returned and the first ten or so were like this. As I got into the last ten things settled a bit further and I found myself to be calm again.
When the bell did ring I left feeling pleased with the session.
|Meditiation Type||Awareness of Breath|
|Meditiation Position||Seated Floor Cushion|
|Meditiation Stages||Stage-3 Stage-4|
|Tags||Pleasant Checking Progress Relaxed Energy Interruption|