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Emotions and Thoughts During Meditation

minismom
USA

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dear sir/madam

i am not able to meditate more than 15.20 mins a day. and long stretches become disguised thought awareness programs.

yesterday however i noticed the emotions behind my thoughts, the emotions or feelings preceded the thought and were usually starting from the stomach!! that was good in a way since the thoughts would go away once i tracked the preceding emotion!!

is this real or just a egoic hallucination.

also no bad dreams or dreams for that matter within two weeks of med

Nayaswami Sadhana Devi

Nayaswami Sadhana Devi

Ananda India

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Dear friend,

Your practice of 15-20 minutes a day is a very good start. Congratulations!

As time goes by you will find it easier to practice longer, but quality is more important than quantity.

As you have discovered, thoughts will begin to intrude as you sit longer. The best way to deal with them is to keep your attention focused at the point between the eyebrows, which we call the spiritual eye. To concentrate at the point between the eyebrows, look upward - not crossing your eyes, but converging them slightly as though you were gazing at your thumbnail outstretched above you.

The important thing is that your attention, not your eyes, be focused on that point in the forehead. Don't try forcibly to bring your eyes to a focus, but gaze mentally at that point, and let the spiritual eye draw you into itself. When you do this you are raising your inner awareness to the front part of the brain, that most evolved area where enlightenment occurs.

Each time your mind wanders, firmly (but gently) return your inner gaze to that point.

You can also mentally look up at that point throughout your day if possible. You will find that you have more mental clarity and harmony in your life and that you are less emotional.

Many blessings on your practice.

Joy to you,
Nayaswami Sadhana Devi

 

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