Focusing Mind for Deeper Meditation, Part VIII

Focusing of mind seems to happen quite naturally and fairly easily when the attention is placed on the overall sensation of the body, with the intention to feel into finer and finer vibrations.

This is such a simple approach to take in meditation and any resistance of mind to explore this avenue is in not allowing ourselves to feel just below the surface of what we feel…and then going slightly deeper.

We get stuck at the beginning, for want of feeling in the moment! The mind wants to bypass all that is felt in the moment and go all the way to “enlightenment,” “satori”…without fully being present in the moment!

It seems that the mind is not so interested in being in the moment, in the now. Mind is always in movement with desires, expectations, likes, dislikes, etc., and of course resists having itself “straight-jacketed” to the “unmoving” moment!

Now, sensations can only be felt in the moment… and following subtle sensations has a way of “gripping” the mind in the inward flowing current that seems to get progressively stronger the deeper we feel into subtlety.

The “inward flowing current” is the growing energy of the “contortion” that feels like a squeezing of sweetness in the spine. The feeling of sweetness naturally and automatically focuses the mind, putting it into meditative swoon. The visceral experience of meditative swoon allows a very different perspective of the mind…and how it is much easier to focus mind by tuning into the subtle sensations/vibrations of the primal and naturally occurring Bliss Resonance.

Another perspective is an understanding of how difficult it is to focus the mind by using only the mind, disengaged from the body and life force. For me, being in the moment is the distillation and refinement of all that we feel…and brought to an energetic balance point (of essence), as though on a tip of a needle!

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Focusing Mind for Deeper Meditation, Part VII

A way to focus mind quickly in meditation is to “quickly feel deeply.” The feeling experience, especially if the intention is to connect with subtlety, has a way of neutralizing the mind’s habitual patterns of engaging with distractions.

When connecting with the “threads” of subtle sensations, the feelings of expansion (however slight), has a way of holding the mind, as though “squeezed” in an energetic matrix of uplifting sensations.

These “uplifting” sensations are not only expansive in feel, but are also innately blissful, which, when deep enough, spontaneously “contorts” the body. It is the energy of this contortion that holds the mind in place.

Again, it is important to “go deep quickly,” before the mind is given time to engage with distractions. When going deep quickly, tune into the sensation of the contortion and notice the shifts in mind, taking particular note of how it is possible to not only calm the mind, but to also stop the incessant thinking for moments at a time.

The important point here is that the mind can be naturally focused, or brought to a point of “no-thought” as you feel deeper and deeper into the subtle sensations of the body.

It is in tuning into the subtle sensations of what you feel, that at a certain point an expansive feeling of uplift occurs, perhaps along with feelings of giddiness. However, this inward focus on finer and finer vibrations at some point reveals a kind of underground, cavernous rumblings of a deeper and wider vibration. This is the Bliss Resonance…and this is what seems to trigger the contortion response in the body.

Notice that any feeling, no matter how seemingly insignificant, when tuned deeply into, inverts the usual direction of mind, from outward focus, to inward focus. Focusing on subtlety creates a kind of gravitational pull of the mind, that pulls the mind into the current and momentum of the inward flow.

When but once you make this connection with the inward flowing current, you can explore any sensation of posture or “micro-movement.” Also, you can take any song that moves you, or sound in Nature. Feel into the finest rays and reverberations that dance upon the field of body and mind.

By focusing quickly on the inward flowing currents of subtle sensations, the default patterns of restless mind can be redirected…away from surface distractions.

With continued practice of going deep quickly and focusing on ever-deepening subtle sensations, you will get more and more familiar with certain inner focal points of postures and micro-movements…that can be latched onto for longer and longer periods.

These postures and micro-movements are spontaneous expressions of how the Life Force wishes to move and “take shape” in the body. Our part during these outpourings is to allow the Life Force to take the lead.

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Focusing Mind for Deeper Meditation, Part VI

The “resonance of being” is a visceral experience of all that is felt in the moment, a gentle vibration or “humming” of the body. The mind may not give much value or consideration to this familiar and what it might consider a “ho-hum, no-big-deal” experience.

The mind gets locked into routines of the day, into familiar patterns of thinking, familiar patterns of behaviors…and so it resists going outside the patterns and norms of its default habits.

This is why it is important to “go deep quickly,” to bypass all the “mind-talk” that can distract us from connecting with what is just underneath, adjacent to what we “feel” in the moment.

Feel quickly for the “hum” of your body…and while holding the intention to go slightly deeper, notice and acknowledge the inward focusing mind, how it can be quieted, even for fractions of a second.

In that “fraction of a second” there can also be a noticing of a “feel-good” sensation, very subtle at first, but distinct. This is the opening to go deeper!
As you “hold” to the very subtle feel-good sensations, you will begin to sense the presence of a most delicious vibration that I refer to as the “contortion.” It is felt in what seems to be in the spine, but it can also be thought of as in our “center,” “central core,” etc.

It is so very subtle at first, but if you let yourself feel into its vibration, even for a few moments, those fleeting moments can be your “aha!” opening when you recognize what you are connected to and which can be what initiates deeper connection!

Timewise, what does this look like? This happens very quickly…if not, the mind can get distracted in a thousand distractions, so it is important to connect quickly, to relax, to feel and surrender to the overall sensation of the body. Also, it is important to keep the eyes still and to hold the intention to feel into finer and more subtle sensations.

The contortion: This is a particular sensation that becomes more and more evident as you feel into subtlety. At first, the sensation can be identified/labeled as a kind of “giddiness.”

As you tune into this sensation, going deeper and deeper, a different quality of sensation begins to reveal itself. I refer to it as the “contortion” of the Bliss Resonance.

When connected with the contortion, it is then easy to keep the mind focused, as body, mind and psyche are held in the powerful current of the Bliss Resonance. The body may physically move and contort as it automatically adjusts and makes room for the buildup and increased flow of the life force.

The contortion, also referred to as “Kundalini,” is a most delicious and ravishing sensation that moves so delicately and at times powerfully in the spine.
It is also a most unusual sensation because, although there is a physical aspect involved (feelings of giddiness), there is a paradoxical aspect…that feeling into progressively subtle sensations can also be an overwhelmingly blissful experience at the same time!

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Focusing Mind for Deeper Meditation, Part V

What is felt when tuning into “subtle vibrations” in the body? Initially you want to feel the overall sensation of all that you experience in the moment. For example, take a deep breath, exhale and feel into the fine, relaxed sensation that occurs upon exhalation.

It is helpful to keep the eyes still, calm, unmoving. You will find that keeping the eyes still and relaxed is conducive to a relaxed body and focused mind. This practice in itself is worthy of deep exploration, as you will discover how, by just gently keeping the eyes still, the mind comes to a point of focus.

There is an important point to consider in this “play” with the subtle sensations of the eyes. When focusing your attention at the point between the eyebrows…or even when having the intention to relax and keep the eyes still, you may find it nearly impossible to keep the eyes still…if you are using too much will to do so.

For myself, I had to play a long time with this to find the “sweet spot” where I could keep the eyes fairly still without giving myself a headache. I found that if I used too much will/intention to lock the eyes into place (keeping them still), the area around the eyes (crown area) would get very uncomfortable.

However, when I found the right balance of will/intention and relaxation, the eyes would naturally come to a point of stillness, along with a naturally occurring uplift of the eyes.

This is a very subtle point, because many meditation techniques suggest keeping the eyes focused at the point between the eyebrows, without explaining that when the attention is tuned with the subtle energies in the body/spine, the eyes will naturally and automatically rise by themselves.

Now, when tuning into the overall sensation of the deep breath and exhalation, the next “step” is to feel just slightly deeper into what I simply think of as the “feel good” sensations that percolate in and around the sensations of relaxation.

These “feel good” sensations can easily be tuned into, but also easily dismissed…because they are so very subtle. The mind seeks the big experience: Satori! Enlightenment!…or at least what it believe these experiences are and what they require for their attainment.

For want of feeling into what is so readily available to us in the moment (the subtle sensations of the body), we remain forever isolated from the vastness that lies just below what we are already feeling!

Approach the process in this way: take a deep breath and exhale…relax and feel. This is all familiar, but if you feel slightly deeper, you may feel a kind of gentle vibration or background “hum” of the body…also familiar.

Go slightly deeper in feeling, with intention to explore sensations that you may not have considered much at all before. At first, you may notice superficial physical sensations such as intestinal gurgling, heartbeat, itchiness, etc.

However, with your intention to go “slightly deeper,” you may discover a very different perspective on familiar sensations…which opens the “field” of your awareness to the vibrations/sensations just below the familiar.

Little by little you will experience and come to understand that sensations are not isolated…one sensation is connected to a “field” of other, more subtle ones. Each sensation, then, can be thought of and used as a connecting piece, a pathway to deeper and deeper levels of subtle awareness.

When you truly “get” and viscerally experience the dynamics of following sensations to subtlety, you will experience yourself as a “field” of infinitely nuanced vibrations, a resonance of Being!

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Focusing Mind for Deeper Meditation, Part IV

Feeling subtle sensations in the body is not difficult. The suggestion here, in order to go deeper in meditation, is to initially feel just slightly below the surface of what you normally feel in the moment. Just one layer at a time. No big leap required! No superhuman feat of discipline needed!

Whatever vibration/sensation that you feel in the moment is fine. It is helpful to have the intention to feel the overall sensation of the body…and to feel slightly deeper with calm “noticing.”

In just noticing the overall sensation of the body, the intention to feel slightly deeper will activate the awareness of the wider “field” of vibrations…sensations that you may not have apprehended previously.

Again, this is not a difficult process. it just requires a willingness to explore the inner landscape of vibrations and to continue just long enough to the point that you are able to apprehend the “slightly” wider field of sensations.

This seemingly “small” incremental step in noticing, is in reality a monumental moment…if you truly “get” the “doorway” that you’ve just created! In allowing yourself to go just below the surface of what you feel in the moment, you’ve created an entryway, a doorway to continue on to finer and finer realms of subtle vibrations!

The dance has begun! Little by little, in feeling subtle sensations/vibrations, you will begin to apprehend the very fine “currents” moving through the spine, body and “sacred space” of all that you feel/experience!

You will have then established a very different relationship and understanding of your “Life Force,” as well as with your sense of “Self.” Your connection with subtlety will become more and more like a dance, a push/pull/play of exquisite sensations moving through the spine and rest of the body!

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Focusing Mind for Deeper Meditations, Part III

Using will and intention to focus the attention to one-point may have less than satisfactory results, especially if using the mind to focus the mind. I have found that incorporating the feeling/sensation aspect of the body is crucial in “holding” the mind in place.

Oftentimes, our notions about the “focused mind” is very different from the actual visceral experience of the focused mind. There is a sensation/feeling involved…and the feeling is like an energetic “grid” that holds/focuses the mind.

In normal waking consciousness, we focus upon our day-to-day duties and responsibilities and more often than not “float” around with little awareness when not involved in work or duties. The mind defaults to habitual patterns, engaging in what we “like” and moving away from what we do not like.

Sometimes we get “pulled” towards all manner of distractions and desires, losing endless hours, days…lifetimes, unmindful of all the forces, subtle and not-so-subtle at play in our lives!

When mindfully feeling into subtlety, the direction of focus is inwards, to the overall resonance of all that we feel in the moment. Initially the mind will think/say, “So what! Big deal!”

Now, for want of allowing ourselves to go a little below the surface of habitual, familiar patterns of thinking and feeling, we remain disconnected from unexplored realms of breathtaking beauty…

Even when we have an intention to connect with subtlety, even when we have a meditation practice, the mind can remain a formidable gate keeper, preventing us from entering the depths of meditation.

In my experience, even with years and years of regular and long practice of meditation, I found the Divine Subtlety elusive. I had a particular meditation technique and routine that I did my best to follow…but found that I reached a plateau. I found that my mind would inevitably wander into subconscious memories, distractions, sleep, etc.

What happened? Well, in my “practice” of meditation technique, I would keep my body in meditation posture and then practice technique, which called for focusing on certain “currents” in the spine, while inwardly observing the incoming and outgoing breaths.

As mentioned, for the life of me, I could not seem to get beyond a certain depth in my meditations. It wasn’t until leaving the ashram and releasing the tight hold that I had on meditation practice that I came to feel the very fine currents in the spine.

In the ashram, I was practicing technique, but was not allowing myself to feel the very subtle push/pull/play of the “life force” moving delicately in the body and especially in the spine.

What I mean by this is that in holding my body in certain meditation posture, using will to keep it still, I was not tuning into, feeling the subtle play of energies (life force) at play in maintaining the erect posture.

I was also not feeling into the subtle sensations of the incoming and outgoing breaths. In my deep release of the ashram, along with my rigid attachments to meditation techniques, I found the life force automatically adjusting and moving the body in “micro-movements.”

Meditation then became a dance of exquisitely fine sensations, moving so very delicately in the spine, holding the body/mind/psyche as though electrified!

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Focusing Mind for Deeper Meditations, Part II

When feeling into subtle sensations of the body during periods of meditation, it requires doing so just long enough that you notice what happens to the mind that turns its attention inwards.

Something very interesting happens. When the attention is turned inwardly to subtle vibrations of the body, at first you will notice familiar sensations…the feelings of body weight, the beating of the heart, feelings of the incoming and outgoing breath, etc.

As you begin to feel just below the sensations of familiar vibrations, you will encounter sensations that are familiar, but from a perspective that you’ve not given much consideration of before. With the simple intention to follow subtle sensations, you will experience familiar sensations, but with a focus that you’ve not engaged with until that point.

Now, it is just a matter of going slightly deeper with the attention and you will be engaging with sensations that are not so familiar…only because you’ve never given yourself permission to do so…until that point!

As mentioned previously, it is important to go deep quickly, to not tarry on the surface of awareness…because it is too easy to get lost in subconscious realms of desires, memories, distractions, thinking, etc…and we forget to feel into subtlety of vibrations/sensations.

When we focus quickly on subtle sensations/vibrations of the body, it is easier to notice how the mind shifts to an inner focus…and it is important to notice the shift of mind, no matter how subtle.

The shift of mind might be slight at first, but all the same it is important to notice how the mind can “latch” onto, focus on subtle vibrations/sensations as it goes into inner focus. There is a visceral feeling involved in the inwardly focused mind.

This process is not difficult and does not require long periods of practice! It just requires feeling into the sensations of the moment, even the sensations of sadness, grief, joy, desires, etc. And then to feel slightly deeper into the subtleties of the vibrations/sensations.

Longer and deeper periods of meditation will then happen naturally. Here is what happens: In holding the intention/prayer to feel into subtlety, the mind/body connects with sensations that get finer and finer…that, like an energetic current, has a way of “holding” or “capturing” the mind. It is like the mind gets “swept up” in the powerful inward flowing current of the Life Force!

Embedded in this “current” of subtle sensations, there is an underlying vibration that imparts a “feel good” sensation, very subtle at first, but as the mind tunes deeper into subtlety, the body/mind/psyche gets “lifted up” in an overflow of what can be referred to as the “Bliss Resonance.”

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