Meditations focused on cultivating pleasant sensations?
Does anyone have instructions for cultivating pleasant sensations in meditation. The only teachers I know of that teach pleasant oriented meditations are Shinzen Young and Ajahn Lee Dhammadharo. Shinzen teaches to focus on a pleasant sensation and to try and spread it throughout the body. Ajahn Lee teaches teaches something similar, but more breath oriented.
Here is a list of meditations that are oriented towards cultivating a pleasant sensation that I know of:
Body scan, relaxing each part of the body then moving on to the next.
Focusing on a relaxing sensation in the body and trying to spread it.
Focusing on a breath related sensation in the body and trying to use to breath to spread it.
Taking a pleasant sensation as the object of meditation, and either trying to spread it or just letting it be.
Does anyone know of any other meditation techniques, hopefully more effective then these, centered around cultivating the pleasant? If you do please post a link or your own tutorial.
PS: Would the Zen practitioners, or rather those who would advise against "striving" / "goal" oriented meditations please refrain from posting repudiations. I'm trying to cultivate a positive feed back loop so as to strengthen the desire to meditate, instead of it feelings like a chore.