Kelly M.

Kelly M.

Kenzai Member

What I’m learning about me & meditation

  • Aug 26th, 2019 at 10:33PM

Hi team,

After 2 weeks of daily meditation I have a few observations about how it is going with me.
1) late meditation = sleep. In the evening or at night, even if I am sitting up and meditating with my eyes open, I invariably fall asleep.
2) thought chains and breathing. I am starting to get the hang of cutting off the thought chains with a focus on breathing. I just did a 9-minute session where my brain went through several themes but I was able to disconnect each one through my breathing focus while letting another unrelated theme popup after 10-15 secs. Is this how it is supposed to go?
3) body positions, etc. This has been a bit of a revelation for me. I didn’t realise that it was important to be sitting up with eyes open and hands positioned in a certain way. After trying it out, these changes make sense...and getting the right posture and position helps me to fall asleep less frequently!!

Looking forward to the next steps. I am catching up on a few lessons so I haven’t tried walking meditation yet. I will find a nice quiet spot to do this in the next day.

 
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Cece AielloCece AielloKenzai Member
Trainerover 1 year ago

Via meditation, I learned a new technique to fall asleep fast. Lie down, close my eyes, and pay attention to my breath. Invariable, I get knocked out cold. It's quite amazing really.

On your second point, cutting off the thought chain with the breath is one way to approach it. You can also frame it as redirecting your attention back to the breath. It may sound like semantics, but the intention behind it is different. The former has a bit of judgement in it, like something negative that we need to cut off. The latter of redirecting your focus accepts simply that a thought chain had crept in (because that's what human brains do.. we think and mule over thought chains, no need to judge yourself for it) and back to the breath you go. If that seems too much like new agey self help jumbo, just keep doing what you're doing. You're meditating!


    Kelly M.Kelly M.Kenzai Member
    over 1 year ago

    Thanks Cece, the detail is important, you’re right. I like the positive thought.


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