befriend wrote:when i focus on my breathing at the tip of the nose i feel incredibly calm rapturous single mindedly collected happy and have gotten to access concentration. NOW when i do walking meditation or mindfulness of abdominal motions also mindfulness of hand movements i feel energized less calm than the nose meditation and have insights into impermanence suffering and nonself. ive have experienced this for myself not from my papanca, and from my teacher who was authorized to teach by an 80 year old thai monk. who is your teacher or are you just letting your monkey mind express itself the thing in which you so hoped to tame.
I think what you say rings true. Also what Mikenz66 said about the abdomen being an "anchor". Along with what bodem said about one's attention naturally coming form the chest or abdomen towards the nose. In fact, thank you befriend...I had my own short dhammic moment with your initial post.
I don't "find" a lot of time to sit-and-meditate. I'll be doing it when I remember. Often, I find myself meditating when I drive. I think I have this aversion to going ahead and sitting, because if I do this I formally agree with my self that "I am now going to meditate". Within the context of driving I subdivide my attention between driving and focusing on my breath (in my chest area - because I find it easy to maintain awareness there).
Probably sounds dangerous. To meditate while one drives a car.
No accidents so far. To be honest, I'm responsible in a sense that when I focus simply on my breath while I drive, I take greater care to drive more safely. It actually seems that my intentions to go over the speed limit and so on fade away with concentration on breath. So, it's as if the hubris that comes with breaking the speed limit is, as it should be, calmed by focusing on the breath.
I don't set any goals to arrive in a state of rapture while I drive and breath.
Anyhow. I simply find it useful.
Obviously, time of day impacts our actions and our bodies functions. So if one turns his awareness to his body will he tune in to those parts of the body which are active at that time of the day.
For example. Last night, around ten, I found myself breathing (big surprise. I guess I wasn't dead last night). My attention sette...I was laying down. I think that's relevant. So...my attention settled on my skeleton and no other thing.
My question is: are there certain times of the day that are better than others for particular contemplations?