- Date: August 6, 2002
Duration: 35 minutes (open)
Position: Sitting in chair, eyes closed, hands resting on knees,
Technique: Breath and body awareness
Variation: chanted OM silently
My concentration was pretty good today. I was trying not to
concentrate too hard so I could still keep an awareness of my
environment. Labeled my thoughts when they came up, then let them go.
Felt relaxed afterward.
- 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.