Tuesday, November 11

Sat for about 2 and a quarter hours this a.m. All metta. Settled into a nice stage in which the mind became quiet, happy, and peaceful; and the body was filled with delightful tingly sensations... first jhana is *great* for dispelling symptoms of depression... too bad about the people talking loudly in the hallway...

Some interesting images arose during the phase of access concentration... an arm, detached from any body, but still living & moving... scalpel flowers (surgical implements twisted and bent to resemble flowers)...

It's an interesting phenomenon, the layer of images. When I asked Leigh about it, he said that it wasn't _entirely_ unusual, generally one person on every retreat has this visual stuff. This is corroborated by something Ajahn Maha Boowa wrote, in his biography of Ajahn Mun; he said that this visual stuff occurs in one of twenty meditators...

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