greeneggsandsam wrote:Hi all,
Im new to this forum so advanced apologies on any mistakes.
I have been meditating now for 1 year (usually one sitting practice per night (20-30 min), although I did try some walking meditation for a period of time.)
Question: Throughout my time practicing I have never had any visual stimulations, i.e. nimittas or any of the kind. Is this "normal"? I would be curious to know if others have experienced/not experienced and how long you have been practicing, i.e.. when was your first nimitta?
Also, do you need to have these visual stimulations as sure signs of progress? It bothers me as I can't 'see' any progress.
greeneggsandsam wrote:Back to nimittas, that is really what gets me, I have been meditating for a little over a year and have not had one and Crazy Cloud gets one on his second sit down, this seems like I must be doing something wrong? I know all this sounds like defilements to the wazoo and I am aware of this, its not that I want to obtain nimittas, it is more that nimittas seem to be clear progress for samadhi practice.?
So stop giving orders, let go, and enjoy the ride. Let the breath do the
breathing and simply watch.
One finds that progress happens effortlessly at this stage of meditation.
We just have to get out of the way, let go, and watch it all happen.
The mind will automatically incline, if we only let it, toward this very
simple, peaceful, and delicious unity of being alone with one thing, just
being with the breath in each and every moment. This is the unity of
mind, the unity in the moment, the unity in stillness.
At this point, some people might have doubts arising, because it is here that nimitta can arise. These can be of many kinds, including both forms and sounds. It is here that all sorts of unexpected things can arise in the course of the practice. If nimitta do arise (some people have them, some don't) you must understand them in accordance with the truth. Don't doubt or allow yourself to become alarmed.
greeneggsandsam wrote:I also wanted to ask sometimes it does feel like I get a weird surge of energy flow through my body sometimes and it makes my body shake and my head feels like it tenses up (usually only last for about 30 seconds).
greeneggsandsam wrote:I think I will try and incorporate a morning practice, have you found this has made your practice more fruitful?
What does the surge feel like? Can you give some more details?
I usually sit in burmese position, does anyone get a sore foot from this, its as if I have a lot of weight resting on one foot?
Do you think you should try and change up meditation techniques and times? or just keep it consistent?
Sometimes I try and go for a longer practice but sometimes it is had because I get pain in my knees...
"Remember you dont meditate to get anything, but to get rid of things. We do it, not with desire, but with letting go. If you want anything, you wont find it." - Ajahn Chah
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