• Hey Adam,

    Thanks for the response. I experimented with the witness practice a little bit but I’m not entirely sure I am grasping it. I’m not terribly confident I’m finding the still point.

    I have a very vivid and clear sense of various objects arising and passing in awareness, and occasionally I’ll consider – “what here is not changing?”. And…[Read more]

  • Thank you Judith – thanks makes a lot of sense.

  • Oh, one last thought: Judith, I have also experienced very sudden bursts of crying in my sits for the past month or two.

    The first time it occurred it was completely by surprise, I had no emotional build-up or forewarning at all. At other times, it has felt like an energetic sensation that moves up the abdomen, and by the time it reaches my head…[Read more]

  • Thank you Judith & Matthew for your thoughtful replies.

    I am familiar with Leigh Brasington’s book, “Right Concentration”. In fact, I *think* I’ve had some success with the first two jhanas – at least, they seem accessible. I will continue to work with these practices – it hadn’t occurred to me that they might in fact help calm piti. There is a…[Read more]

  • I have been having a problem for a while now of very agitating sensations – trembling, jerking, quaking, shuddering, along with painful muscle contractions. It all occasionally -and perhaps more frequently now – gives way to a smoother quality that includes a more expansive feeling of happiness and serenity, but this may also be accompanied by…[Read more]

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  • KIm,

    Are you sure you are still at stage 4? Do you still experience gross distractions/dullness ( though I realize the distractions question may be hard to answer, since the piti related phenomena can be so distracting!) Can you discern long breaths from short breaths?

    Best,

    Bobby (not a teacher)

  • How stable is the light nimitta? Have you experimented with the luminous jhana exercises in stage 8?

  • B Arnold replied to the topic Breath becoming faint in the forum Meditation 1 year, 1 month ago

    …and I would just add, Charles: before I went into this state where auditory sounds were absent – I very explicitly set the conscious intention to enter the first whole body jhana. Explicit in that I internally verbalized the intention several times – each time on the inhale, then returned to breath sensations on the exhale. It’s always seemed…[Read more]

  • B Arnold replied to the topic Breath becoming faint in the forum Meditation 1 year, 1 month ago

    Hey Charles!

    > In order to access and keep the whole body jhanas going does one have to maintain the focus on breathing with the whole body instead of placing attention back on the breath at the nose?

    Yes, that is my understanding. The jhana is accessed by widening the field of attention (and sustaining it) on breath sensations in the whole…[Read more]

  • B Arnold replied to the topic Breath becoming faint in the forum Meditation 1 year, 1 month ago

    Hey Charles,

    In my opinion, body sensations and sounds can still be in peripheral awareness while successfully maintaining exclusive focus. The key is that subtle distractions do not occur, because you have developed sufficient introspective awareness, and can refresh the intention to contact and sustain attention on the breath when needed.

    I…[Read more]

  • B Arnold replied to the topic Breath becoming faint in the forum Meditation 1 year, 1 month ago

    Hey Charles,

    I don’t think it is necessarily faintness per se – but rather a less conceptualized experience of the breath, which can manifest perceptually in a variety of different ways.

    I have experienced the loss of the in/out breath concepts you described, but it wasn’t because the breath was so subtle that the inhale/exhale couldn’t be…[Read more]

  • Have you ever read a book while listening to music? Your attentional focus is the words on the page, but you can still hear the music in peripheral awareness. You are conscious of it in the background, but it is not the focus of attention.

  • B Arnold replied to the topic Ears always ringing in the forum Meditation 1 year, 2 months ago

    Good to hear, no pun intended. And also incentive to keep practicing 😉

  • B Arnold replied to the topic Ears always ringing in the forum Meditation 1 year, 2 months ago

    Thanks Blake and Wiley for your replies!

    Blake, I have noticed (frequently) in my sittings that the “volume” on sounds in external awareness varies quite a bit – sometimes sharply diminishing rather quickly, as if receding into the distance or as if the volume knob was suddenly turned down. This sort of thing started happening before the…[Read more]

  • B Arnold replied to the topic Ears always ringing in the forum Meditation 1 year, 2 months ago

    Hey Charles,

    Thank you – I was able to find some interesting material on Ajahn Sumedho and Nada Yoga.

    With Metta,

    Bobby

  • Hello,

    I have, for the past month or so, experienced a pronounced ringing in my ears, even off the cushion. It seems to have developed recently after having ramped up my cushion time from 30 minutes to hourly sits for well over a month now. During sits, the ringing changes tones – seems to split into chords even; some low, some high – it…[Read more]