JustThis wrote:when you 'snap back' into the present.
MN 152 wrote:Just as a strong man might let two or three drops of water fall onto an iron pan heated all day: Slow would be the falling of the drops of water, but they quickly would vanish & disappear. That is how quickly, how rapidly, how easily, no matter what it refers to, the arisen agreeable thing... disagreeable thing... agreeable & disagreeable thing ceases, and equanimity takes its stance. In the discipline of a noble one, this is called the unexcelled development of the faculties with regard to ideas cognizable by the intellect.
For a while other meditation subjects become clearer at each higher stage, this one does not: in fact, as he goes on developing it, it becomes more subtle for him at each higher stage, and it even comes to the point at which it is no longer manifest.
However, when it becomes unmanifest in this way, the bhikkhu should not get up from his seat, shake out his leather mat, and go away. What should be done? He does not get up with the idea "Shall I ask the teacher?" or "Is my meditation subject lost?"; for by going away and disturbing his posture, the meditation subject has to be started anew. So he should go on sitting as he was and [temporarily] substitute the place [normally touched for the actual breaths as the object of contemplation]
The point made here is that if the breaths themselves get temporarily too faint to be observed, he should carry on by observing the tip of the nose or where they normally touch until they become apparent again. He brings the meditation back to mind for the moment, "as the place (desato)' where they were last noticed, instead of "as breaths", which have temporarily vanished.
Vism, VIII; 208
JustThis wrote:I am sure that everyone here is familiar with it, you're sitting there in touch with your meditation object and you 'lose it', you slip into 'la la land'. What's interesting is that you never see yourself leave the present moment/meditation object, you only realize that you have lost it when you 'snap back' into the present.
One may observe conditions arise that may lead to the "lose it"
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