The same holds true if you focus on keeping the breath in mind. Whether the breath is heavy or refined, simply be aware of it as it normally is. Don't set up any expectations. Don't force the breath to be like this or that. Keep your awareness with the breath, because in meditating by taking the breath as your preoccupation, you're not after the breath. The breath is simply something for the mind to hold to so that you can reach the real thing, just as when you follow the tracks of an ox: You're not after the tracks of the ox. You follow its tracks because you want to reach the ox. Here you're keeping track of the breath so as to reach the real thing: awareness. If you were to start out just by holding on to awareness, you wouldn't get any results, just as you wouldn't be sure of finding the ox if you simply went around looking for it. But if you follow its tracks, you're going to find it for sure. Your meditation word has to keep moving in. This is called following the tracks of the ox step by step until you reach the ox, or what knows: namely the mind.
Goofaholix wrote:In addition to the spacious feeling of openness what are you aware of at the time?
After the meditation session does it seem like time went quickly? slowly? normally?
Does the quality of the mind's seem to attentiveness fluctuate a lot, or does it seem quite consistent?
cooran wrote:Hello JC33,
Shiva?? Not in Theravada Buddhism afaik.
JC33 wrote:Once, the Lord Shiva appeared, sitting to the right, right over a statue of the Lord Buddah.
One and the same, he said.
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