Anapanasati, last minutes were hard because I was getting sleepy.
Anapanasati. Started with my eyes closed and opened them halfway through to avoid sleepiness.
Anapanasati. This time I had my eyes open from the start. Would you recommend focusing your sight on a point in the wall or not focusing on anything? I'll start practicing with open eyes because this way I don't feel sleepy.
Anapanasati. It feels easier to maintain concentration at the beginning of the session. In the past few weeks it has become easier to keep meditating for 20 minutes without feeling restless.
Anapanasati. I felt distracted and this demotivated me during the session, however, now I'm not sitting anymore I can say that what I call "distracted" nowadays is definitely an improvement compared to a couple of months before
Good concentration, feeling of awareness and calm stayed with me a couple of hours after the sit
Anapanasati. It was delicious and refreshing. I feel very calmed and relaxed.
Anapanasati. Good concentration today, very focused
Anapanasati. I think I felt the first jhana, it felt like nothing I have felt before, definitely felt "piti". Could I be so wrong? The timer went off but I wanted to keep feeling it. I felt sustained joy and my body had some shivering.
I experienced first-hand the hindrance of sensory desire today. First, I wanted to repeat the feelings I got in yesterday's session and this kept me distracted and excited, I couldn't really calm down. Second, I have sex related plans with my girlfriend for later today and thinking about it dist ...
Anapanasati. Good concentration, very pleasant feeling
Anapanasati. Good concentration.
Anapanasati. Good progress on concentration. I notice the breath for its whole duration and my mind stays clear of most thoughts.
Anapanasati. A family member was on the phone on the next room, it distracted me and I didn't finish my objective of 20 minutes.
Anapanasati. I notice that I've made considerable progress since I started meditating. The number of times my attention goes away from the breath and the number of thoughts in my mind are way less than before even in a poor session. This motivates me to continue. It's been around a year now, for ...
Anapanasati. My leg goes to sleep 95% of the times I sit. I have tried stretching to no avail, what else could I do? I sit in Burmese position using a pillow for support.
Anapanasati. First Jhana
Anapanasati. Great wind and silence to medidate.
Anapanasati. I know there's no such thing as a bad meditation session, but this was as close as it gets. Lousy concentration and noises on surroundings made me feel frustrated.
Anapanasati. Getting back in shape, not the best meditation yet.
Anapanasati. Easy concentration thanks to a silent environment. Good concentration and pleasant feeling overall.
Anapanasati. I had a sweater on before starting and the temperature was high so the heat and sweating was distracting me. I had both moments of good concentration and moments of no concentration.
Anapanasati. I told a small lie today and thinking about it made me feel distracted during the meditation. This is why the five precepts are there, to be really concentrated your mind must be clean and clear.
Anapanasati. Excellent concentration and feeling of calmness and tranquility that made me feel joy.
Anapanasati. Nothing remarkable about this one.
Anapanasati. Couldn't concentrate because my heart keeps skipping beats and it makes me worry about my health.
Anapanasati. Good concentration during the first half, then I got distracted and uneasy.
Anapanasati.Good concentration and calming of the mind. I enjoyed it.
Anapanasati. Hard to concentrate. Happy to have a streak and excited to continue!
Anapanasati. Excellent session, I focused on no trying too hard to focus but instead on letting the focus arise itself and I got pleasure from the breath which is always good.
Anapanasati. Today I tried playing beta binaural beats on my headphones while meditating. A friend of mine told me they're supposed to help with concentration; they didn't help me, if anything they distracted me a bit. I don't think I'll be trying that again anytime soon.
Anapanasati. Following the suggestion from a couple of people in here, I practiced while listening to theta binaural beats. It was a good session, the breath felt good and, unlike the time I tried with the beta beats, I wasn't distracted by the sound.
Anapanasati. I practiced while listening to theta binaural beats. It was a good session, the breath felt good.I wasn't distracted by the sound.
Anapanasati. Trying to find that point where concentration is not forced yet stable.
Anapanasati. Good concentration throughout the sit but a little restless during the last minutes.
Anapanasati. Good concentration until I opened my eyes because I thought something moved near me.
Anapanasati. I'm happy that what I call an average concentration today is better than what I used to call good concentration. With this sit, I realized that.
Anapanasati. Regular concentration. Sweating a lot because I just ate and it's hot.
Anapanasati. Profound feeling of emptiness that lasted for about a minute.
Changed my objective to watching the breath until it becomes very shallow; accomplished this last night while getting very relaxed and feeling pleasure born of seclusion.
Anapanasati. Wasn't able to calm the breath as much
Anapanasati. It felt really good. I was able to be content with where I was in the meditation and let go of the striving for more. I'm surprised it was such a short session.
Anapanasati. Restless, difficult to concentrate. Moved a lot and wasn't able to calm my breathing.
Anapanasati. Restless, distracted, making too much effort to focus.
Anapanasati. I'm learning and practicing techniques that ready my mind for the jhanas to occur; currently reading focused and fearless. I'm happy to find out that my ability to concentrate doesn't deteriorate as fast as I thought. After spending the last couple of months meditating only sporadi ...
Anapanasati. Meditation negatively affected by the hindrance of sensual desire.
Anapanasati. Delightful, great concentration. Feeling the pleasure that comes from seclusion.
Anapanasati. I should start meditating earlier in the day because sometimes at 9 I'm already sleepy. This meditation was great nonetheless, I'm glad to say that I find it easy to find pleasure in the breath and that makes everything easier because it's not a chore to meditate anymore.
Anapanasati. Deep concentration and feelings of piti, rapture, and spaciousness that make meditation a pleasure.
Anapanasati. Good concentration.
Anapanasati. Good concentration.
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 Mett ...
Anapanasati. I will continue to do Metta at the beginning but I won't log it here anymore because it's only for a couple of minutes so I don't think it's representative. This session was phenomenal, I felt completely absorbed and was able to identify a pleasurable sensation after entering this a ...
Anapanasati. Enjoying the breath, great absorption towards the end. I tried using more cushions for a higher posture and it felt better that way.
Anapanasati. Below average sit.
Anapanasati. Difficult sit. I had difficulty with my sitting position, I will try something different because legs getting uncomfortable always distract me.
Anapanasati. I tried sitting in a chair instead of the Burmese position; to my surprise, it was very comfortable and it made it easier to concentrate on the breath without the distraction of my legs getting uncomfortable. Another thing, I used to sit inside my room with the fan on and headsets ...
Anapanasati. I got sleepy towards the end and was happy nor relaxed beforehand. I just sat to keep consistency and the habit.
Anapanasati. Difficult concentration.
Anapanasati. Evaluating my progress I noticed that I no longer forget about the breath during my sit; when I get a thought I notice it immediately and I don't follow it forgetting about my breath.
Anapanasati. Sat with the intention to stay for half an hour and quit early. Second time in a week that has happened, I don't like it, I was sleepy and that's why I quit.
Anapanasati. I have a huge distraction since last Thursday that is making me want to spend all my free time with it. My sessions have become shorter and worse in terms of concentration; this, in turn, makes me feel guilty throughout the day. I just got a great meditation book that motivates me a ...
Anapanasati. Trying to include some mindfulness into the concentration practice by being aware of my surroundings and my body while keeping my attention on the breath.
Anapanasati. Half an hour on clock and after the alarm rang I released the breath and got absorbed; stayed there for another ten minutes which is as most as I could.
Anapanasati. I concentrated on the breath for 20 minutes and tried to enter absorption after that; around minute 25 I got just a shollow bit. I think this goes to prove that I can do it when I want but it doesn't matter because if my concentration is not strong enough then it won't be strong eno ...
Anapanasati and body scan, focusing on the sensations of the breath in toher parts of my body. I started doing this because the idea is that eventually I will be able to focus on the entire body sensations while I breathe; this in turn will take considerable effort from my brain and being so bus ...
Anapanasati. After about 15 minutes concentrating on the breath and focusing on different parts of the body both individually and in groups, I noticed I was smiling and focusing on the sensation the smile caused got me into absorption. It was the strongest I've had in weeks, I could feel the spa ...
Anapanasati. Focused on different body parts and spent the first 15 or so minutes doing this. I then tried to focus on my smile and happiness again but didn't get the same result as yesterday. Once again, it is demonstrated that trying and wanting don't get me anywhere, when it happens it happen ...
Anapanasati. This morning I failed to sit. I consider it failing because I sat with the intention of lasting at least ten minutes (I set myself up to failure by setting such a low time) and didn't even do that much. Need improvement in resolve.
Anapanasati. I sat with the purpose of letting go and achieved absorption in the shortest time so far. Also, time went very fast; I opened my eyes thinking 8 minutes or so had pass and it was almost double that. Note to self: Sit and develop joy and happiness thinking about moments where you fel ...
Anapanasati. Average concentration.
Anapanasati. Average concentration but with a sense of restlessness.
Anapanasati. The last session was so good that I had expectations for this one and we all know what happens when you have expectations. The sitting was bad, I felt distracted and agitated because I wasn't achieveing the same absorption again.
Anapanasati. Sat in a chair again. It was a difficult sit because I was trying to hard to concentrate; when I got out I felt strained instead of relaxed. I need to practice finding a balance of focusing without distracting but not forcing the focus. achieved a good level of concentration though ...
Anapanasati. Good concentration but no bliss or happiness. I think I have been stressed these last couple of days. The positive side of these negative sits is that they prove conclusively to me that it is indeed important, for right concentration to arise, to pay attention to the other 7 steps o ...
Anapanasati. I was sleepy and towards the end forcing it< I started with the intentio to sit for 40 but stopped at 30.
Anapanasati. Stable concentration that moved between the breath and awareness of my body during the period after the breath-out when nothing is being felt on the nose.
Anapanasati. After about fifteen minutes I just let go and focused on that feeling of happiness from not being worried about anything; I got into absorption for the longest time so far, in part because I focused purposefully on that feeling. It felt great and I was able to hold on to that until ...
Anapanasati. Not concentrated.
Anapanasati with body scan. Good concentration.
Anapanasati. Not the best concentration.
Anapanasati. Average concentration. Lots of goosebumps.
Metta and Anapanasati. I committed myself to increasing my seating time to 30 minutes and by the time I got to 30 it was feeling so good that I sat for ten more minutes experiencing the pleasure of being concentrated and without hindrances.
Anapanasati. after ten minutes of concentrating on the breath I was able to achieve a shallow degree of absorption. I'm learning that the better the concentration before, the greater the bliss.
Anapanasati. Same as last night. First time I meditate with girlfriend on the same room; it was a little distracting at first but then not so much.
Anapanasati. Let my mind wander a little and noticed the thoughts that came upon.
Anapanasati. I did this as a kind of test; after some weeks without meditating I wondered if the progress I achieved was lost. I was able to stay with the breath for the whole sit without loosing track of a single in or out-breath. I feel motivated to start a daily routine again.
4/18/16, 10:36 AM 63 sitting ( in a lying postion) practicing Thich Nat Hahn's interpretation of the Anapanasati Sutta, Majjhima Nikaya 118 as discussed in " Discourse on the Full Awareness of Breathing" http://plumvillage.org/sutra/discourse-on-the-full-awareness-of-breathing/ and 3 ...
Anapanasati. Good concentration.
Long time since my last sit. This one was intense. I learned something new and I will try to develop it further to see where it leads. Before, I had achieved a sense that could be described as the space around me growing and I used to direct it outwards; today I directed inwards just because it ...
Anapanasati. Distracted by recent argument.
Anapanasati. Tried to sit in a new place and it didn't work out because it's not somewhere where I'm supposed to.
Anapanasati. Struggling to start daily again.
I want to start again. When I don't meditate I feel guilt now. This session was great, I felt pleasure and was happier after I stood up.
Anapanasati. Trying to let go of thoughts before starting to notice the breath. A feeling I've previously had might be the feeling of letting go; I thought it should be achieved after concentrating in the breath for a while but now I read it might be the other way around.
Anapanasati. Delicious, calm, slow breath.
Anapanasati. I sat and was able to keep my attention on the breath for the entire sit without being distracted for more than a second or two. Towards the end, sleepiness came in, but not too strong. I had set the alarm for 15 minutes and after the alarm rang, I stopped focusing on my breath and ...
Anapanasati. Great concentration for the first ten minutes, good concentration for the next five and average concentration during the last 5. I was able to stay with the breath for the whole sit without losing focus on it for more than one or two seconds; this was my objective as I'm currently ...
Anapanasati. Average concentration throughout the sit. Lost the breath for maybe 4 seconds max. First time starting with awareness of the present moment, then the body, then the breath through the body and finally settling on the breath at the tip of the nose. Controlling expectations is impor ...
Anapanasati. I was able to stay with the breath throughout the whole sit; lost it for two or three seconds at most. Towards the end, I felt I was getting sleepy.
Anapanasati. Stayed with the breath for the whole sit. During the first ten minutes I felt a good feeling in the background, then it gradually diminished until it wasn't present in the end at all.
Anapanasati. Good concentration, I meditated about an hour after waking up. I tried to find multiple different sensations on the tip of my nose but could only distinguish two or three when inhaling and one or two when exhaling. I'm trying to keep awareness on my surroundings while focused on t ...
Anapanasati. Good concentration for the first ten minutes, very vivid breath. During the last 5 or so I started feeling dullness and before it became a problem, I took five deep breaths to energize me a little but I think it was counter-productive because I became somewhat agitated.
Anapanasati. Difficult sit. I overexercised myself yesterday and was tired both physically and mentally this morning; concentration was below average and there was a lot of dullness.
Anapanasati, body scan. Today, I used body scanning with the intent to stay alert during the sit and I was happy to discover that when I opened my eyes 25 minutes later, I was as alert as I was before sitting. I'm using the tools described in stage 5 of The Mind Illuminated.
Anapanasati with body scan. Bad concentration, as expected.
Anapanasati. Terrible concentration, as expected. Wasn't able to finish.
Anapanasati. Concentration worse than expected two days later.
Anapanasati, body scan. Good concentration although not very relaxed. I was supposed to go for 25 minutes but stopped 3 minutes short because of pressure in my head as if I was trying to hard to concentrate.