Noting in Vipassana Meditation
- Dear Bhantes and friends,
I've been practising Vipassana meditation(no teachers, only ebooks and
articles) for quite a time now, encouraged after reading 'mindfulness
in plain english by Bhante G'. It's written there that noting things
that arise in meditation, such as pain, wandering minds, lust, etc.
It's said that noting is different from thinking.
In my practice, if i feel pain, i think (say words in my mind) pain ..
pain .. pain, and if i find out that my mind's been wandering, i will
say it again in my head, wandering .. wandering .. wandering, and
focus again to the breath sensation at the tip of the nose.
Is this kind of 'noting', when i saying these things in my head, wrong
? I've tried to stop this kind of noting, but it seems that i need
words in my head to be really sure that i noted it. The same things
actually happen more intensely while doing walking meditation. I keep
saying 'want to lift, lifting, moving it forward, want to drop,
dropping, pressing' in words in my head.
Please teach me T-T
Thank you in advance,
- Hi Albert,
Yes, the noting is helpful for being mindful. Making a mental note is the
jhana factor called vitakka (initial application), which pushes the mind
towards the object. As you discovered, if you fail to note, you find it
difficult to be aware at all of what is going on, and the mind just
wanders. If we note the wandering mind, after a while the mind usually
Later, when concentration develops, this mental noting will be unnecessary
and will naturally be replaced with vicara (sustained application) when
the mind remains absorbed on whatever the current meditation object
happens to be.