Kathleen C.

Kathleen C.

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Mind day 19 - gaps?

  • Nov 24th, 2018 at 11:48AM

Interesting lesson today. Not exactly sure how one recognizes a gap without thinking but I assume the thinking comes after. Sweat and trembling without a muscle burn.

 
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John M.John M.Kenzai Member
about 2 years ago

Kathleen, the theory must be that gaps are time that passes without conscious awareness in the conventional sense. If a gap gets long, it could be that a lot of time could pass without thinking in the most literal sense.


    Patrick ReynoldsPatrick ReynoldsKenzai Member
    Founderabout 2 years ago

    You can be aware of a gap without thoughts rushing to fill it in! It's not easy though.


      Janet L.Janet L.Kenzai Member
      about 2 years ago

      I think it is something you recognize more after the fact, thinking back on the meditation.


        John M.John M.Kenzai Member
        about 2 years ago

        There's a fine line between thinking about stopping thinking and actually stopping thinking. I find that after cutting off a thought chain by focusing on breath and posture, there is a bit of time when I am not thinking about much of anything. That's the gap. During that time my gaze is soft and out of focus. But then the thoughts start coming back.


          Kathleen C.Kathleen C.Kenzai Member
          about 2 years ago

          I think that is why they are gaps - to me implying something short. They are not chasms or gorges or ravines that have long periods of no thought.


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