I’ve had a bad nights sleep coming into this meditation. I set up with essential oil as usual and sat on the cushions. There were some thinking and dullness present, but I felt glad to be sitting down to meditate Today again instead of the counting, I wanted to use this continuous checking to bring about the stable attention to the breath.
As I moved from the preparation to the body scan I felt that although things were a little dull I was very still in my body. This proved a useful and rather pleasant sensation to come back to when distractions or subtle slips in focus appeared.
For the first few minutes, I sat with a good awareness of myself watching the breath. This led as well to good attention to the breathing sensations, which were quite subtle today. After around ten minutes like this, some distractions started to creep in. Interesting thoughts often popped up, reducing my awareness of breath. Once I also got lost in mind wandering, something which hasn’t happened for a while.
I think this is a consequence of a much more relaxed format. I’m finding it easier to keep a very strong focus when using counting or a fixed internal commentary. I’ll probably use a count again tomorrow. The upside of this method is however that the sessions are more relaxing and calm.
|Meditiation Type||Awareness of Breath|
|Meditiation Position||Seated Floor Cushion|
|Meditiation Stages||Stage-3 Stage-3+|
|Tags||Tired Checking Dullness Still Body Pleasant|