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Journal Entry- Eve

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  • eveneon
    Date: September 24, 2002 Time: 8:20am Duration: 40 minutes (open) Position: Sitting in chair, eyes opened, hands resting in lap Technique: Body and breath
    Message 1 of 4 , Sep 24, 2002
      Date: September 24, 2002
      Time: 8:20am
      Duration: 40 minutes (open)
      Position: Sitting in chair, eyes opened, hands resting in lap
      Technique: Body and breath awareness
      Variation: Chanted OM silently


      My concentration was good today. I was taking very deep breaths and
      the sound of breathing was loud, which helped keep me anchored. Mind
      chatter was medium to high. I paid particular attention to the flow
      of thoughts. How one thought leads to the next. Sometimes it was a
      natural progression. Other times my senses would trigger the thought.
      Usually in the form of a re-action, which started a new chain of
      thought. Sometimes a particular thought would lead to a memory. And
      sometimes the memory would cause a re-action in the form of thought.
      Sometimes I would notice the re-action in the form of physical
      sensation, then I would re-act to the sensation with a thought. I was
      able to keep an awareness of this phenomena most of the time during
      my session. I noticed the point in my sessions where I tend to get
      really relaxed. I think this is what Tony was referring to, about
      making sure I keep my attention focused. I realized that this point
      of relaxation is usually when I start having thoughts that it is time
      to end my session. I noticed this, sharpened my attention, and kept
      meditating. My session was a little longer today. My body felt very
      relaxed. I had some minor back discomfort but it wasn't
      distracting.
      I was able to keep my eyes open the whole time with no problem.
      Feeling very relaxed and alert afterward.
    • Tony
      Hi Eve, Thanks for such a beautiful journal entry. It reminds me of what happens in my mind when I meditate. I have a good sense that you are making progress,
      Message 2 of 4 , Sep 26, 2002
        Hi Eve,

        Thanks for such a beautiful journal entry.

        It reminds me of what happens in my mind when I meditate. I have a good
        sense that you are making progress, especially as you are not letting
        expectations influence your session. Being open to whatever comes up is a
        very good mind state to be in.

        As you become more aware of your thoughts are you able to notice the brief
        interval between thoughts? Have you tried resting at this point so that the
        next thought takes a little longer to surface? There is an awesome peace and
        silence in that moment between thoughts. It is often so brief we hardly
        notice it. But try not to anticipate it or create it or you might fall into
        the expectations trap.

        ...Tony

        Date: September 24, 2002
        Time: 8:20am
        Duration: 40 minutes (open)
        Position: Sitting in chair, eyes opened, hands resting in lap
        Technique: Body and breath awareness
        Variation: Chanted OM silently


        My concentration was good today. I was taking very deep breaths and
        the sound of breathing was loud, which helped keep me anchored. Mind
        chatter was medium to high. I paid particular attention to the flow
        of thoughts. How one thought leads to the next. Sometimes it was a
        natural progression. Other times my senses would trigger the thought.
        Usually in the form of a re-action, which started a new chain of
        thought. Sometimes a particular thought would lead to a memory. And
        sometimes the memory would cause a re-action in the form of thought.
        Sometimes I would notice the re-action in the form of physical
        sensation, then I would re-act to the sensation with a thought. I was
        able to keep an awareness of this phenomena most of the time during
        my session. I noticed the point in my sessions where I tend to get
        really relaxed. I think this is what Tony was referring to, about
        making sure I keep my attention focused. I realized that this point
        of relaxation is usually when I start having thoughts that it is time
        to end my session. I noticed this, sharpened my attention, and kept
        meditating. My session was a little longer today. My body felt very
        relaxed. I had some minor back discomfort but it wasn't
        distracting.
        I was able to keep my eyes open the whole time with no problem.
        Feeling very relaxed and alert afterward.
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