Going deeper into relaxation
In the last post, I rambled on about getting relaxed. The are many stages to getting deeply, deeply relaxed - getting past nuisance thoughts is just the beginning. So, let's assume:
- you are relaxed
- you follow a breath in, you follow it out, you don't get distracted
- you rest between thoughts in an inviting sense of peace
- you can follow ten cycles of breathing with ease
- you are maintain an awareness of the breath in the whole body
You have options in this position. You can carry on just following the breath with the intention of letting - just keep letting go - until the body starts disappearing and the mind starts expanding. Or, you can tune into the sense of pleasantness that comes with relaxation. The in breath is pleasant because it brings a sense of energy, the out breath is pleasant because it brings an immensely feeling of relaxation and the pause in between is deeply peaceful. This sense of pleasure will grow the more you focus on it and it will feel like you are giving yourself an internal mind massage. You will receive pleasure in the body and the pleasure in the mind that knows pleasure. And so on. It builds into an epic pleasure fest.
Then, when you've had enough you might wonder: what is pleasure anyway?