It makes no difference how we manage to concentrate, just so long as we do. Then we can truthfully say, "I am meditating." Until then, all we can say is we are using a meditation method. This distinction is hardly ever made, though it is clearly pointed out by the Buddha.
Some people come to it through the "sweeping exercise," particularly if they use the fan method. If done correctly, it may bring enough concentration to arouse a very pleasant sensation. If that should be the case, then we stop the sweeping right then and there and put our attention on the delightful sensation. Then, as we have heard from the Buddha, we enlarge the sensation so that it is experienced throughout the body." - from Who Is My Self? by Ayya Khema
I've done short body scans as preparation for sitting meditations but never knew that body scans were meditations in and of themselves. I searched for a guided meditation by Ayya Khema's student Leigh Brasington and found this Guided Body Sweep Meditation.
It's 45 minutes long and it gives you just enough time to bring awareness to each part of the body. I found the meditation quite good and when I was done I was filled with positive energy. Any feedback from those experienced in these types of meditations?