Posted By Dhamma Friend

Q:

When we do the hand movements with eyes open do we look at our hands moving or do we just look straight ahead at "nothing" and notice the movements. This is distracting me at the moment because I'm switching between looking ahead and looking directly at each hand while it moves not knowing which I should be doing. Or are both ok? Thanks, Andy

 

Luangpor Thong:

Dear Andy, We do not look at the hands while doing the hand movements. Just look at a comfortable distance of about 5 to 8 feet and do the rhythmic movements. Move your hands (or your feet if you are doing walking meditation) and be aware (know) that you are moving. You should pay attention to just one movement at a time. Practice in a relaxed way. Practice without tension. Practice playfully.


 
2 Comment(s):
tc said...
AT ANYTIME DOES ONE FOCUS ON TOUCH OR ALWAYS JUST MOVEMENT. FOR EXAMPLE WHEN WALKING DOES ONE FOCUS ON THE MOVEMENT OF THE FEET OR THE CONTACT OF THE FEET WITH THE GROUND? THANK YOU
March 4, 2009 10:18:11
 
Andy said...
Thanks for the reply. I am so glad I found this practice. All that ever happened to me with sitting and observing the breath or repeating a mantra was that I would either be bombarded with thoughts or that I would fall asleep. This way is so simple yet so effective. Thanks for sharing it through your website.
June 15, 2008 05:05:46
 
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