As a long term (though not very consistent) vipassana meditator I find it interesting how few of my fellow meditators get fascinated by the things that obsess me. Vipassana is a meditation technique that focusses on the body sensations one is experiencing, and seeks to hone ones ability to perceive all sensations from the subtlest to the grossest with absolute equanimity. During my practice I often scan the different systems of the body such as skin, muscles, bones, sense organs, glands. I also scan categories such as weight, heat, tension, air contact, etc etc. I find it totally fascinating to explore the amount of sensations I am usually unaware of.
I also find it fascinating that although I am trying to simple feel what is there in each part of the body, it is impossible not to see that area of the body to some extent. The act of experiencing an area of the body unavoidably creates in my mind a mental image of that area of the body. Also I notice that although I can play with it to some extent, there is a strong tendency to experience myself as observing from a location somewhere inside my head behind my eyes and between my ears.
Another interesting phenomena is that my attention seems to be able to take the shape I imagine it to be. For instance it can become a band sliding around a limb, a ball pulsating through the torso, or hands resting on my shoulders. It can spread to vaguely experience my whole body, or contract to experience a tiny area on the bottom of my foot. I spent a lot of time looking for the pulsation of the blood throughout the whole body as I found this to be a key to unlocking energy flow, and again I was fascinated that 99.99% of the time I manage to be unaware of this important life process pounding away inside me!
I believe that my fascination with all these experiences is facilitated by my sacred geometry studies. Does anyone share these sort of experiences in their meditations?
I can get easily distracted into such diversions. I asked a techer about it once.
He said if you want to do pure Vipassana meditation then give all importance to the sensations.
Here is the website for a centre in Blackheath west of Sydney.
Free ten day courses are run throughout the year.
This is a very moving film about teaching Vipassana meditation to inmates in an Indian jail.