- Date: November 11, 2002
Time: 8:15am, 45 minutes (open)
Position: Sitting on bed, cross-legged, eyes closed, hands resting on
Technique: Body and breath awareness
Mind chatter was high today and my concentration was medium. Began
chanting OM silently but decided to stop after a while, and just
focus on the sound of my breath going in and out. Sometimes it's hard
to distinguish between observing my thoughts and engaging in them. I
am just reminded of Bob saying that witnessing is always silent; it
doesn't comment on what is happening during meditation. It helps to
remember to say to myself to just observe and learn, and not try so
hard to not think. Watch and learn.
There was constant but mild back pain, otherwise my body felt pretty
relaxed. Ended my session by gently moving hands around before
opening my eyes to help bring my awareness back into the room more
- 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.