I’ve been training zazen for a while now, and I discover that my meditation classes undergo some distinct phases. The monkey mind part the place ideas are simply pinballing is par for the course. But there’s one other part I generally wrestle to establish, and it usually occurs after the thoughts begins to settle, and I believe my mind and physique appear to need to simply fall asleep.
It’s seductive as a result of it feels good, and likewise as a result of it genuinely does really feel as if discursive thought has subsided, however I acknowledge that zoning out is not consciousness both, and I generally wrestle to establish this situation and return to the breath for what appears like substantial durations of time (the durations may very well be 10 seconds for all I do know, time takes on a bizarre high quality in meditation).
It’s simple sufficient to establish distraction, however onerous for me to establish when I’m merely zoned out. Do you guys have any suggestions for figuring out this state and remaining awake and conscious?