Collective wrote:I've touched upon this before, but I'd like to bring it up again because I believe it's beneficial to me, but I could be wrong and therefore it could be a stumbling block. Perhaps I described my experience incorrectly, I don't know.
On occassion, when I meditate, eyes closed, or open, I try a technique wherein I don't focus on the breath - I turn my awareness to my actual mind. So I'm sitting there simply becoming aware of my mind, and when I do this, I find the mind chatter drops significantly.
When I shift my awareness to my breath my mind drifts more, and I find difficulty locating the breath. But as said, when I shift my awareness to my actual mind and simply observe it, I experience a much quieter mind. I read something about this somewhere, and I remember the narrative explaining it like a parent watching an unruly child, when the child knows it is being observed, it behaves.
What do you think, is this a known technique, is it recommended?
This is a known technique and it is recommended. I usually start with watching the body, the breath but when the mind grows still I switch to the mind itself. It reminds me of the words of Ajahn Dune Atulo (Luang Pu).
He said things like
"Watch the mind right at the mind."
"In the area of the Dhamma, keep watch right at your own mind. Practice right at the mind. When you understand your own mind, that, in and of itself, will make you understand everything else."
The genuine basis of the Dhamma
There's one thing that meditators love to talk about, and that's, "What do you see when you sit in meditation? What appears when you meditate?" Or else they complain that they've been sitting in meditation for a long time and yet nothing has appeared for them to see. Or else they talk about seeing this thing or that all the time. This makes some people misunderstand things, thinking that when you meditate you get to see what you want to see.
Luang Pu would warn these people that this sort of aspiration is all wrong, for the purpose of meditation is to enter into the genuine basis of the Dhamma.
"The genuine basis of the Dhamma is the mind, so focus on watching the mind. Get so that you understand your own mind poignantly. When you understand your mind poignantly, you've got the basis of the Dhamma right there."
best wishes, acinteyyo