I know that I've broached this subject before, but never in its own thread. I have some serious challenges with guided meditations and have solved that problem by avoiding it whenever possible. Oh sure, I've asked for guidance on occasion, I've just never understood the explanations. Circumstances have changed though, as they are wont to do, and I am finding myself having to pass through a guided meditation to get to where I'm going on a fairly regular basis - in other words, I'm getting really bad at avoiding it. So here is an excerpt from the transcript (the intervals were added by me) and then, following that, I'm going to try and formulate a question.
_Draw your attention away from the mind, and place your attention in your body, noticing the
body-- the sensations in your body-- <28-second pause> whether that means there’s some surface-level sensation in the body, which is like tension, tightness, or even pain. <16-second pause> Just let go of those labels and feel. Be one with what is. _
"Draw your attention away from the mind..."
Cool. Got it. On my way...
"...and place your attention in your body, noticing the body."
Okay, I was there - my attention was already away from my mind, but then you began talking again. I don't know if you're aware of this, but I can't follow your instructions without perceiving your words and their meaning which means I have to leave the place I'm at and run right back to the mind because that's where the sounds you make are interpreted and given meaning. Okay..it appears that she's stopped talking. Returning...almost there...and...
"the sensations in your body..."
I'm sorry, I was inside - did you want me to not be there? And 'just let go of labels'? Seriously? How do I let go of labels and know what it is you're talking about when you use labels like 'body', 'pain', 'tension'?
The experience (for me, of course) always seems like someone is asking you to run to the store and grab some missing ingredient for the dinner they're making. They tell you that it's very important that you make it back before what-ever-it-is comes out of the oven in twenty-five minutes. Then they give you instructions on how to get to the store, where to park, what aisle the item is in, which register you should go to in order to pay, whether you should choose paper or plastic, the route you should take on the way home, etc. The problem is, their instructions take twenty-five minutes to finish so you now can't actually be back in time.
Anyone? I've checked my copy of Meditation for Dummies but apparently it was too dumb of a question to be included - or, ~hopeful~ maybe it wasn't dumb enough.