2019-06-17 6:35am 35m Morning Sitting

Type: Awareness of Breath
Read Time: 2 mins


Preparation

I awoke early today, and it felt right to get up and come downstairs at around 5:50am. I made a coffee and sat reading for 25 minutes, before moving to the office to begin the meditation.

Motivation
  • A heart released
Goals
  • Enjoy the sitting
  • Sit for the full time
Possible Distractions
  • Children interrupting, or making lots of noise
Posture
  • Seated on a pair of cushions on the floor - cross legged.

Review

I did my internal preparations quickly this morning and moved into sitting with full body awareness. After sitting like this for a few minutes, sometimes interrupted by a thought, I moved onto a body scan. As I sat in both of these types of body awareness I was repeating in my head “I am the witness” or “I am the one who knows”. Even during the body scan, as I rested awareness on each part of the body I repeated this in the background in my mind.

I let the body scan progress slowly and after it finished, I carried in with the full body awareness repeating these words for a couple more minutes.

I moved onto counting the breaths. At this point, I was feeling very still and relaxed. It helps that it is very quiet here. (At least in the morning!) As I counted, I didn’t note the “in” and “out” phases, just incremented the count to ten. The count was not very strict, a couple of times I got to 11, and realised I needed to start again.

I sometimes also noted, “I am the witness” or “I am the one who knows” after the count on the out-breath. I carried on in this way for 15-20 minutes until the bell rang. Overall a pleasant and mildly energizing session.

Classifications

Meditiation Type Awareness of Breath
Meditiation Position Seated Floor Cushion
Meditiation Length 35m
Meditiation Stages Stage-3 Stage-3+
Tags Relaxed Energy
Satisfaction Rating 8
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