Re: Journal Entry-Eve
--- In meditationsocietyofamerica@y..., eveneon <no_reply@y...> wrote:
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.
Often it is recommended to just be consistent with one technique. I
think the Vedas call it "Put all your eggs in one basket" and the
holy scriptures cite the advantages of this technique as something
like "Jack of all trades, but master of One". Seriously, perhaps the
body awareness/relaxation and breathing should just be preparatory
and the Mantra be primary, and just go with this methodology for a
good amount of time. It seems that body-breath hasn't been "working"
that well for you for quite a while. I also know that awareness of
"Now", mindfulness, has always attracted you, and for many, mantra
actually helps focus on the Now improve, and become spontaneous. This
is just a thought, and you know how unsubstantial and unreliable
thoughts are, but maybe........
- 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.