Moog wrote:Hi IanAnd, thanks very much! I take this to be a sign of concentrated-ness (it really doesn't seem to be a coincidence that it kicks off when I focus my mind), though I've never heard any teacher mention this phenomenon.
If you hang out on Buddhist fora like this you should run into more and more people who have experienced this kind of sensation, like you. That's good that you view this sensation as a "sign of concentratedness" (this is how I have always viewed it too) as it will be easier for you to use this sensation as the focus of a nimitta
or sign. That concentrated feeling of mind, which is accompanied by the experience of stronger concentration, means that you have achieved samadhi
Moog wrote:Could you give any more clues about how to use this to get to Jahna? That would be fantastic!
You must be a female (or at least that's how your response struck me; it's helpful for me to know these things when responding to people's comments). If so, you may find this (learning the practice of jhana) easier to accomplish than most males. That's because most females have a closer connection with their intuition than most males do. Doesn't always work out that way, but on average it pretty much holds true from my experience. Intuition can play a pivotal role in learning the practice of jhana.
One of the first bits of instruction I came across several years ago were some tips by the practitioner and teacher Leigh Brasington
. The way Leigh teaches the jhanas is that he gets you to stay with the primary object (in my case, the sensation of the breath at the nostrils) until you can sense a pleasant physical sensation somewhere in the body. Then you switch your focus to enjoying that sensation until it expands and tips you into the first jhana. You can learn more about this at the link to his website above.
I've written about this practice elsewhere. You can find some helpful hints in The General, All Purpose Jhana Thread
in another forum. Enjoy.
All the best,
"The gift of truth exceeds all other gifts" — Dhammapada, v. 354 Craving XXIV