In MIDL Mindfulness Training 25/52 you learn the skill of expanding your awareness to experience the field of the six senses in order to develop understanding and cultivate the conditions for wisdom to arise. Expanding awareness also gives the mind space to run and is the antidote for the fourth hindrance to meditation: restlessness. Awareness is our lens to the world and like a camera can be focused to one point or opened to take in the whole picture. Developing the skill of expanding and contracting the field of awareness is an important part of MIDL practice. Submit Your Question
Your Question: I couldn't expand my awareness. Maybe my ego is very strong.
Stephen Procter: The ego has nothing to do with your ability to expand awareness. It is the ego that says: "Maybe my ego is very strong, that is why I can't expand 'my' awareness", all it ever does is refer the world back to itself.
Expanding awareness is ordinary, You can look at one thing with your eyes or widen your vision to see the whole landscape, this is an expanding of awareness through the eye door. In this meditation we expand awareness in the same way from the body door, you can be aware of only 'this breath', of your whole body as it sits or of all of your six senses viewing the whole landscape, it is ordinary and nothing special.