- Date: July 25
Duration: 45 minutes (open)
Position: Sitting in chair, eyes closed, hands resting on knees,
Technique: Body and breath awareness
I began today by focusing mainly on body awareness. Body felt pretty
good. Concentration was so-so. Halfway through I started chanting OM
silently. This improved my concentration and quieted mind chatter a
little. Upon ending my session I opened my eyes and continued to
breathe holding my awareness and chanting home. Continued this while
I stretched for a few minutes.
Notes: Focusing on only breath and body awareness doesn't seem to be
enough to keep my concentration strong right now. I need to keep
building it. Having one more anchor such as a mantra helps me to stay
focused. Mind chatter is present but is a more of a constant watching
then drifting off and bring my awareness back.
- 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.