Re: Journal Entry-Eve
- --- In meditationsocietyofamerica@y..., "Tony" <tosime@l...> wrote:
> Hi Eve,them.
> Thanks so much for your journal entries. I look forward to reading
> Permit me to comment...body to
> You've noticed that to relax in meditation you simply signal your
> relax and you start a relaxation process. As you go deeper into thefeel
> relaxation, you may notice you reach a point where you no longer
> yourself relaxing. You body is so relaxed that it no longer sendsyou
> signals of deeper levels of relaxation.body
> As I use the inner sounds method, I find that I can still detect my
> relaxing past the point of physical feedback. This has prompted meto
> continue signaling my body to relax even after I cannot physicallyfeel
> myself relaxing. I find that this way I can go deeper into mymeditation.
> There is one important point though. You have to sharpen your
> you become more relaxed. This sharpening of attention allows you tofully
> concentrate on the meditation and keep the key muscles you need tostay
> upright supporting you. Also it prevents your mind interpreting therelaxed
> state as a signal to fall asleep.and mental
> The more I practice this the better I become at it and the deeper my
> meditations. Also my mind chatter is much less controlling.
> Have you tried this? My aim is to continue my physical relaxation
> focus for the whole duration of my session. Right now, I tend tostop about
> two thirds the way through and flatten out.Hi Tony,
Thanks for your comments. I don't know if I sharpen my attention as
my body relaxes. I mean, I never noticed it before, so I guess I
probally don't. But I will try it. Although I have been meditating
for a while, I feel like I am still very much a beginner. I still
have a wandering mind when I am trying to meditate, it's just a
matter of how long it is before I notice and bring myself back.
Thank you for your suggestions and for posting your journals. I
enjoy reading them and often find them helpful with my own
- Hi Eve,
The sound you can hear comes up not only during meditation but at any time
you become present enough to "listen" to yourself.
I have found I have up to 5 or more different voices depending on the
situation and my frame of mind. My typical voice is a logical, reasoning
type of person - a bit like a college professor I think! I sometimes have
the voice of child-like astonishment. A very long time ago (over 25 years) I
was very surprised to hear a dark, mysterious, frightening voice telling me
to stop playing mind games and go to sleep.
As you get to know your different voices you get a better picture of your
frame of mind at the time. The next stage might involve switching voices
when you need a different way of looking at a situation. A further stage
still might be inventing a new voice to achieve a desired effect. But maybe
that is going too far in the wrong direction. Keeping it simple might be a
better approach. If it happens we notice a change in voice at any time we
can simply take that into account.