• Hello Culadasa and Blake

    I have been practicing TMI techniques from past 2 years and have almost completed Stage 4. Now I really want to practice Mindfulness in daily life along with daily meditation practice. TMI talks about applying mindfulness in daily life but there are no specific examples to guide us how to go about it. I am posting this…[Read more]

  • Hi Blake,

    I am super interested in taking this course. I meet all requirements except – Minimum of 7 days experience in residential silent intensive meditation retreat experience (this does not need to be consecutive days).

    Unfortunately, I do not have this experience and I plan to do it sometime in future. But, for this course i was wondering…[Read more]

  • I have a few technical queries to understand introspective awareness. Could you please be kind enough to provide guidance.

    Lets just take example of Introspective awareness of content of mind: I understand this is the awareness of thoughts, emotions, ideas etc appearing in Peripheral awareness.

    To be crystal clear on this topic of cultivating…[Read more]

  • Hello Blake and Bobby,

    Thank you so much for taking your time and providing me guidance. It took me a while to digest this information. This is excellent. When attention hones in on the snapshot of the introspective awareness it creates a conceptual state of the mind. There is no singular thing called state of mind that attention can hone into.…[Read more]

  • Hi Blake,
    Thank you so much for the reply. I really appreciate your guidance.

    I now understand that checking in is meant to be brief and the purpose is to just briefly take a snap shot of what’s happening in the mind to strengthen introspective awareness and check for gross distractions.
    I also understand we cannot attend to attention (…[Read more]

  • Hi Blake ,

    Trust me I have read and re read your explanation many times. But I am still not very clear on “introspective attention”.

    Hoping I am clear in expressing my thought this time:

    In the first interlude it is mentioned – “If you do turn your attention introspectively, it takes a ‘snapshot’ from peripheral awareness of your mental sta…[Read more]

  • Hello Blake,

    Thank for all your help so far. So, I have been meditating daily and have reached Stage 4. One question that’s still comes to my mind is regarding checking in –

    If you do turn your attention introspectively, it takes a ‘snapshot’ from peripheral awareness of your mental state right before you looked.”

    Why does attention only ta…[Read more]

  • Thanks Blake.

    Is it safe to assume that the narrating mind produces the moments of attention with the activity and state of mind when we check in. Right? ? That’s why we can only notice a snapshot of what was happening in in the mind a few moments before I shifted attention.

  • Thanks Blake for the clear explaination.

    One last thing regarding checking in is that more often than not when I look internally in the mind with attention I don’t find anything. It’s blank. I don’t find any information on activity or stare of mind. Why would this happen? How do I correct it or am not I checking in properly?


  • Thanks Blake for the explanation.

    From what I experienced so far I feel that when awareness alerts me that attention has moved from breath to distraction I know it only when that realization becomes an object of attention. Another real life example is that if I am crossing the road and my awareness picks up a car it immediately alerts my…[Read more]

  • Hi Blake ,

    Your explanation totally makes sense and clarified most of my issues.

    In reference to my final note, I Just want to understand mechanics behind awareness acting as an “ watchful alert system” from a moment of consciousness model. Would you be able to explain this from using an example when awareness alerts you to gross dis…[Read more]

  • Thank you so much Blake for the kind explanation.

    If you could confirm or shed light on the following assessment I would appreciate it:

    Taking your example of birds – If I pay attention to birds it will increase my awareness of birds.

    If I pay attention to a certain bird then the sub mind will alert me to that bird via introspective…[Read more]

  • Hi Fredric,

    Yes I want to understand how the process of checking in works from a mind system model. And also want to understand the meaning of the sentence” attention trains and strengthens introspective awareness”.

    Question 1. – does the statement mean attention trains the submind? Is this what you mean by “attention trains awareness ”? Do…[Read more]

  • Hello,

    I would like to thank you for making me a part of this forum. I have been practicing and reading the Mind Illuminated from a couple of months. I would like to ask 2 questions that have been plaguing me from a technical aspect. If you could shed some light it would immensely help me!

    Question 1

    I am getting confused by this statement in…[Read more]