In my short time (a few months, almost every day, sometimes a few times per day) practing meditation I have had some interesting experiences so far. Some of these experiences include parts of the body "disappearing" (usually hands first), feeling like the body is being stretched, (as if it were magnetic...sounds weird but I don't know how to describe this one), twisted, enlarged, very solid and disconnected. Also experiences ranging from deep calm and tranquility to panic attacks (though I figured out the source of these and so are not a problem anymore). I have also experienced what Ajahn Brahm calls the "Beautiful Breath" and seen a nimitta occassionally but I'm yet to enter a jhana.
Usually I only sit for 30-45 minutes with an alarm set or listening to a guided meditation and I have heard that to enter a jhana it takes longer than this, is this true or have I got my facts wrong? If it is true then would it be impossible for me to enter a jhana given that I never sit longer than 45 minutes? Also I think that I might be desiring to enter jhanas too much rather than just being content which is probably preventing the possibility of entering a jhana. I have read "Mindfulness, Bliss and Beyond" by Ajahn Brahm once through, which I found helpful, and will read it again soon. Also I will read "Mindfulness in Plain English" by Ven Henepola Gunaratana soon.
I try to keep the five precepts.
Given all the above information, what would some of you more experienced meditators suggest to help reach jhanas? Do I just need to be more patient and content or is there more to it than that?
Four types of letting go:
1) Giving; expecting nothing back in return
2) Throwing things away
3) Contentment; wanting to be here, not wanting to be anywhere else
4) "Teflon Mind"; having a mind which doesn't accumulate things
- Ajahn Brahm