This is part of The Daily Meditation Experiment, where I am practicing one school of meditation per week (well, it’s supposed to be a week. I hasn’t been, really.) to understand the overall structure & effects of each.
Meditation Method: I Am Meditation
This is a quite simple meditation type. The goal is to obtain a feeling of who you are.
How it’s done:
- Sit down with your eyes closed, and ask yourself “What am I?”.
- If the answer comes to you in the form of a thought, discard it, and ask the question again. Focus instead on the subjective feeling of “I”.
- Whenever thoughts/emotions arise that distract you from the question, ask yourself “To whom does this arise?”. The answer will be “Me”. To which you ask “Who am I?”, thereby bringing yourself back into the meditation.
I did this meditation 9 times over the course of 19 days.
I practiced I Am meditation from September 15 to October 3rd (considerably more than a week) to August 2nd. In those 19 days, I achieved a full meditated session for 9 days.
My pathetic adherence record combined with the minimal value I found in this meditation very nearly stopped me from publishing this post. However this experiment is about successes as much as it is about failures, so here it is, published so you can know where the value is and how damn difficult it is to ahere to.
This seems like a strange middleman-esque meditation without much value to it.
While I did, at times, get some clarity and a powerful feeling of who I am, it was not something I am unable to get elsewhere.