Day 1 (Thursday): My first impression is that I like this exercise exploring the subtle mind much better than last week's exercise on loving-kindness, as it seemed much more comfortable and almost effortless to me. Throughout the activity I had quite a few thoughts drifting in and out and remained in a state of witnessing consciousness. I think this was because I decided to practice in the middle of the afternoon when my mind was racing with the day's events and things that needed to be done yet, as opposed to first thing in the morning as I am accustomed to.
Day 2 (Friday): While I liked the provided recording from Dacher (2006) I still decided to try out another one that I found on YouTube (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=moBLrox7bwk). I really enjoyed this guided meditation and its concept of nothingness...thinking "nothing", picturing "nothing", breathing "nothing". I had very few thoughts throughout and would like to say I entered a state of calm-abiding consciousness. I was very pleased with my exercise today!
Day 3 (Saturday): I apologize for not posting today, life got away from me and I forgot to practice my subtle mind activity. In hindsight...days like these are when I likely need meditation the most.
Day 4 (Sunday): The subtle mind exercise was very much welcomed after a long and hectic day at work. While my mind was not free of thoughts by any means, I did feel this serene calmness wash over my throughout the entire session. Afterwards I felt almost lightheaded which is a new experience for me. I notice that after the subtle mind exercises I feel relaxed and refreshed, whereas I would feel frustrated and mentally exhausted after doing the loving-kindness exercises last week.
Day 5 (Monday): Today I had another very enjoyable meditation experience. I was again very relaxed during the practice and while my mind was not entirely silent, there was a noticeable stillness to both my mind and body. Ironically, the majority of thoughts that drifted through my mind throughout the exercise were on the meditation itself...my posture, hand placement, breathing, and what I was going to journal!
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