20 minute meditation journal

15 January 2016 7:42 PM
Metta and Anapanasati. I read a recommendation by Leigh Brasington saying that starting with Metta meditation makes it easier to attain Jhana and it clicked; I knew this was true immediately because my most intense sits have been when I'm already in a natural kind and loving state. By doing Metta first I started feeling piti minutes into the session.


Hi equanimity name
That sense of joy arising so easily is really lovely and I so pleased for you.

I practice a very different style of meditation so feel free to disregard this as it may not seem applicable but I think there is definitely in something in your discovery. Without the heart being engaged concentration can have a certain coldness I think, calm, focus and maybe even a detachment which might feel 'nice' but has limitations and it is possible to get stuck there. 

I don't focus much on the breath any more but when I was doing so more I found a similar switch when I first dropped my focus away following the breath in the nostril or on the top lip to feeling it in the lower abodomen (hara / dantien). I was used to this from previous tai chi practice but the moment I tried it in meditation I found joy just arising all the time. I think for me it allowed me to connect more with the body and thereby with life much more than staying in the head had done. So although the approach I work with is very different I remember how it felt when the switch happened. Enjoy it :)
Kokai (Sarah)
about 2 years ago
Since I started meditating I have always focused on the nostrils and sometimes by mistake I'll notice my abdomen and immediately turn away from it. I'm always looking for new things to try so I'll give switching from nostrils to abdomen a shot in the next couple of sits. Besides, I'm sure any suggestion you can provide has to be useful because you're way more experienced than I am.

Thank you, I appreciate it.

equanimity Name
almost 2 years ago
Well, different things work for different people but there is no harm trying. Wishing you all the best in your practice and much more joyful sitting. :)
Kokai (Sarah)
almost 2 years ago