Notes: Posting your meditation journal here is an excellent
opportunity to share your meditation experience so others can learn
from your insights and reflect on their own practice. You will find
that posting a journal is a good motivator for regular, progressive
meditation. Please use any format you wish. Feel free to ask
questions in your post, respond to questions in other posts and
comment on any aspect of each entry. While meditating, be careful to
avoid a mind commentary that anticipates posting a journal entry as
this can distract from your meditation session. Avoid judging your
sessions based on what you read posted by others.
Journal Entry - tosime
Date: June 29
Type: Meditation on inner sounds (with earplugs)
Variation: Focus on breath
Time: 07:45 a.m.
Duration: 65 minutes (open)
Posture: Seated on chair
Body: Eyes closed, tongue tip to pallet, hands on knees-index finger
Condition: Dark room. Candles. Incense. Essential Oil (Bergamot
+ water on burner). Bell.
Mind Chatter: Medium.
Waves of bliss: 1-2 light waves (not induced).
Experience: Very Good session.
Notes: Slow start. Longer than normal time to enter first stage. Had
a slightly runny nose. Needed to work on clearing this so it would
not distract me during the meditation. The clearing went on in the
background but would slow down movement from stage to stage in the
early part of the meditation.
One of my children tried entering the room (I lock the doors). The
sound of the door handle sent a wave of inner sounds through me. This
wave was similar to the sensation of moving from one stage to another
in meditation. I tried to see if I could use the door handle induced
wave to help me move to the next level in my meditation. It was
tricky but possible. It is hard to describe in words, but it reminds
me of judo when you use an opponent's force against them. It was like
channeling the door handle wave into my meditation.
From this experience I wondered if I could use a similar technique
for channeling mind chatter to go deeper into meditation. With this
realization all mind chatter stopped instantly! It was funny I was
almost laughing. It was as if all the mind chatter had run away to
hide from instant destruction. Even when I feed thoughts, the mind
chatter would not hook onto the thought to start threads of chatter.
Eventually they came out and I tried it.
Essentially, I fed the chatter with a trigger word, watched the scene
develop around the word and the threads that flowed. Then at a good
point (a sort of critical point) I would freeze the chatter and
switch attention to the meditation. The act of switching gives a
thrust to deepening the meditation very much like a judo throw. I
tried it a few times and it worked quite well. I decided to end the
session there and was rewarded with a nice wave of bliss a pleasant
Insights: Although mind chatter is normally a distraction during
meditation it may be possible to actually use mind chatter to go
deeper into meditation. The act of switching from mind chatter to the
meditation process may provide an impetus towards deeper meditation.
Questions: Is experimentation and developing meditation techniques a
distraction to the meditation?