Although I did think it was about putting more attention on sensory input, even though you choose to narrow the field of awareness to a particular thing, such as the breath in the nostrils. I find that I am more aware of sensory input and not less for the most of my meditation time.
Actually I am more aware of everything including thoughts and emotions because I am paying attention to my whole experience in a way that I don't always do in the rest of my day.
Also not sure if I experience my body as emotionally neutral. Paying attention to certain parts of it can lead to a hyper awareness of particular emotions. My breathing is very tied to my emotional state and certain parts of my body are held tight or seem to carry emotions in some way.
It is interesting how everyone experiences so many different things just from stopping to pay attention to breathing.
I think it is really awesome that you are going to meditate too
Please add anything that you want to this thread whenever you want because it is so great to hear from someone else's experiences.
Wow Isap, that guy had a lot of links to look up. It will take some time before I will check them all.. there is so much online and not all of it is reliable. I plan to look them up one by one when I have time
One source for mindfulness that I have found to be reliable everytime is anything written by Jon Kabat-Zinn or any material from one of the official MBSR (Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction) programs. If anyone is reading this and is uncertain where to start that is my advice. The program was developed for people with complex health needs and is Mindfulness designed for westerners without the religious component of buddhism, but shows a healthy respect for it's origins. 100% safe and no nonsense.
Do you really find that you can do mindfulness in a crisis Isap? I am curious about your experience of this, because I cannot. I find that if I practice mindfulness regularly in life I am way less likely to come to the point of a crisis, but that in a crisis it is not the right tool to help me. At least not at the stage I am now.
The every day part is important because you are retraining the way your brain works and of course that is more effective every day. But I think if we miss a day the trick is not to beat ourselves up but to accept that that will of course happen and to be ready to enjoy starting again on another day. I find being too strict about this in my mind just leads to feeling like I cannot do it at all. I guess that is also part of being compassionate towards yourself, which is something mindfulness teaches.
Thanks so much for joining in with my thread guys.. I think this is also good for the forum. And I already feel more enthusiastic about doing it because we are doing it together now