Vipassana Day 4

 

Vipassana Day 4:

Turns out the 3 day nose air flow job was an introduction to Vipassana, to get the mind focused.

Ok so now what?

We were instructed to scan our whole body like we did out nose tip!

We started with 2 inch ( 5.08 cm ) blocks, I imagined them as square, you will find others did circles and triangles and other such shapes, the shape is how your mind’s eye sees it.

We were instructed to scan in a sequence, from top to bottom and to use the same throughout our scanning.

We could amend the sequence if we felt another was more logical to us.

The basics are, using your mind’s eye scan ( however that appears to you ):

  • Scan top of the head and the whole ‘hair’ area inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan the forehead area inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan the eyebrows area inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan the eyelids area inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan the eye sockets and eyes inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan the cheek bones area inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan the cheeks area inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan the jaws area inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan the ears area inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan the chin and under chin area inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan the throat are inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan the neck all around inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan the right shoulder inch/cm by inch/cm and the scan right arm:
  • Scan the upper arm area all around inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan the elbow and inner elbow inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan the forearm and inner forearm inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan the wrist all around inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan the back of hand inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan the palm of hand inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan each finger in turn inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan each finger tip
  • Scan the left shoulder inch/cm by inch/cm and the scan left arm:
  • Scan the upper arm area all around inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan the elbow and inner elbow inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan the forearm and inner forearm inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan the wrist all around inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan the back of hand inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan the palm of hand inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan each finger in turn inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan each finger tip
  • Scan your collar bones and whole chest area inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan your upper whole upper back inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan your lower back inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan your stomach and area inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan your buttocks area inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan your abdomen area inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan your right hip area inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan your right legs thigh inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan your right knee inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan your shin and calf inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan you ankle inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan your foot, the heel, sole and ball and all around inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan each toe in turn
  • Scan your left hip area inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan your left legs thigh inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan your left knee inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan your shin and calf inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan you ankle inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan your foot, the heel, sole and ball and all around inch/cm by inch/cm
  • Scan each toe in turn
  • Any area you feel you did not scan, scan now inch/cm by inch/cm

You are done, now repeat, go slowly, 4-6 times an hour is a good speed, don’t worry too much just scan the body over and over like you did your nose area.

For some reason I wondered as I sat on the hard bench outside the wooden hut, housing 20 men, while soaking up some sunshine and a tea ( I discovered, well it was supplied, along with all other food and drinks by the centre and for FREE, the Barley drink and I had that as my Tea every day, I tried it with some honey one day and that made it totally awesome and refreshing). I wondered how fast the earth was rotating and if that could be felt once you had really deep sensations over our whole body. And for a moment I imagined the feeling of flying around ( turns out we travel at 1000 Miles Per Hour at the equator and it changes as your head south or north, at that speed you would feel something – I’ll report back when I’ve experimented 😉 )