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First Three "Levels" for Lack of a Better Term

The chimes at regular intevals met with a little success, but decided not to continue it. Moving on...

I've made an observation about my awareness and breathing when meditating. Since I can't think of a better term I've decided to dub them levels. There is no maximum yet, but so far I have identified three.

The first one occurs just after I have begun meditating. After the usual physical and mental shifting around I actually begin to pay attention to my breathing in earnest. I remember Ven. Henepola (not going to try and rember his last name, know your strengths as they say) mentioning that when you first begin breathing you notice the slight pause between inhalation and exhalation. That is effectively what the first level is, with the added bonus that I'm totally focused on my breathing.

Level 2 gets a little more... interesting. My breathing turns into one singular breath, made up of the inhalation and exhalation. In my mind I always see it as a circle that starts when I start breathing in and ends where it began at the ending of the exhalation. This is where my thoughts start to bubble up as well. Usually distractions, and I can often simply observe them.

Level 3 is what I consider my highest level achieved so far. I start to lose some of the shallow thoughts, they fade away, and in their place I get deeper ones. An example would be I no longer enjoy my primary job, and will probably quit. My breathing remains the same, but I begin to notice physical sensations more such as my hair growing, itches forming, and minute pains I usually ignore.

I'm not sure what comes next, but longer meditations seem to be the key to it.


Posted: 4 years ago

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