Day 361 Record Keeping
Day 330 Fixed Meditation
Day 276 Bodyweight Exercise (2x5 Bulg Split Squats)
Day 203 Writing (Blog draft)
Day 376 Eating = 77
Day 133 Work = 58
Day 11 Dynamic Meditation = 61 (40 minutes)
Great sleep, great wakeup.
Dynamic Med Notes (40 minutes):
-X1 teeth clenching
Notes: Definitely an interesting practice today. I was working on my writing while doing my dynamic meditation and got so absorbed that I forgot to observe my mind twice. But, there were no negative arisings.
For a long time I’ve wondered as to why there’s such a massive emphasis on absorption - single pointed meditation. It doesn’t seem to directly affect mood or negative arising like other forms of meditation do in the end. I think this is the answer.
When you are absorbed correctly in something things cease arising. I’m reminded of what Mihály Csíkszentmihályi calls a flow state. To quote Wikipedia
According to Csikszentmihalyi, flow is completely focused motivation. It is a single-minded immersion and represents perhaps the ultimate experience in harnessing the emotions in the service of performing and learning. In flow, the emotions are not just contained and channeled, but positive, energized, and aligned with the task at hand. The hallmark of flow is a feeling of spontaneous joy, even rapture, while performing a task although flow is also described (below) as a deep focus on nothing but the activity – not even oneself or one’s emotions.
I think that accurately captured what I felt just now. Flow states seem to destroy all negative arisings.
Also definitel noticed some bleed over of maybe 10 or 20 minutes after doing the exercise.