Day 12 of our challenge...am I doing this right?
In our session today, we're looking at how to measure success in our meditation practice and here is how Light Watkins explains that we gauge success:
Getting Lost in our Thoughts
What's the best kind of thought to get lost in while you're meditating? Any kind of thought. At the end of the day, it doesn't matter what you're thinking about as long as you're allowing your mind to get lost.
Frequency of Loss of Awareness of Breathing / Mantra
If, during the majority of your mediation, you're noticing your breath or your mantra, it's likely that you're working too hard...which you don't have to do. If, on the other hand, you're noticing your mantra or breath for a couple of minutes and then your mind shifts to a completely unrelated thought, that's a great indication that you're practicing your meditation correctly. Why? Your mantra and / or breath are what cause your mind to get lost. The mantra or breath should be treated like a start button to get lost in our thoughts, not a destination or end goal.
Time Goes Quickly
When the time seems to go by faster than you can account for, that's another good indication that you're practicing correctly.
Your Body Becomes Rested
Increased rest = your head starting to nod forward, shoulders start to round, or, you may even fall asleep. Surprised that falling asleep is a sign of success? "Your body is paying off the sleep debt" when you fall asleep in meditation.
Today's meditation was 10 minutes (!) and it was the most relaxing 10 minutes of my day. I think I'm getting the hang of this meditation thing! Already looking forward to my second session later this afternoon.