Meditations on meditations

Anapanasati or mindfulness of breath slows down breath, in the same way it is possible that an unwavering but gentle focusing on mind will slows down mental states of agitation or highly aroused mind.

Focusing on your current state of mind helps you to slow down the process of your mind. In turn, this should help in gaining control of the mind particularly in those situations where you are hyper awake, agitated, aroused.

Process

Start with watching your breath and get into an easy posture, and then gently bring the focus on your state of mind, your thought. Try to describe silently what’s going on.

These are direct observations of your own mind. Helps you to get to the root of your consciousness but these have other tangible benefits. If you know when you are calm and when you are in an agitated state, you can choose to switch between an agitated state (but you have to recognise that state) and then choose to focus your attention to being calm.

In theory then, focusing on the current state of mind to gradually slow it down in the same way watching the breath slows down breathing should be helpful in gently falling asleep. More interestingly, is it possible to attain a state of deep relaxation which is similar to sleep but not quite. Where is the conscious boundary between wakefulness and sleep?

(To be continued …)

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