2019-05-03 7:20am 35m Morning Sitting

Type: Awareness of Breath
Read Time: 2 mins


Preparation

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.

Motivation
  • Peaceful mind and more focus
  • More presense in daily life
Goals
  • Develop continuous checking / introspective awareness
Possible Distractions
  • Children interupting
  • Thinking about the day
Posture
  • Seated on a pair of cushions on the floor - cross legged.

Review

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.

Classifications

Meditiation Type Awareness of Breath
Meditiation Position Seated Floor Cushion
Meditiation Length 35m
Meditiation Stages Stage-3 Stage-3+
Tags Tired Checking Dullness Still Body Pleasant
Satisfaction Rating 7
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