|Stay with the object, stay with it...|
Here the sponge is the meditation object. While practicing loving kindness meditation using a well respected person, because my in-and-out breathing practice was waning and not interesting enough, it happened.
|The many benefits of Buddhist meditation|
If someone had shouted, I would have been pulled out. Far from scary, it was wonderful. I was filled with zest and blissful energy, an effervescent floating feeling based on feeling blameless (the result of sila practice).
It may have been what that band [Ace of Base] that time was singing about, "I saw the sign and it opened up my mind I saw the sign."
What is "the light"?
Ven. Nyanatiloka (Buddhist Dictionary) edited by Wisdom Quarterly
NIMITTA: The sign, mark, image, target, object -- these meanings are used in and adapted to many contexts of which only the doctrinal ones are mentioned here.
1. "Mental (reflex-) image" obtained in meditation: In full clarity, it will appear in the mind by successful practice of certain concentration-exercises and will then appear as vividly as if seen by the eye.
The object perceived at the very beginning of concentration is called the preparatory image. The still unsteady and unclear image, which arises when the mind has reached a weak degree of concentration, is called the acquired image (uggaha-nimitta).
An entirely clear and immovable image arising at a higher degree of concentration is the counterpart sign or image (patibhāga-nimitta).
As soon as this image arises, the stage of neighborhood- or access-concentration (upacāra-samādhi) is reached. For further details, see meditation disk (kasina), and superconscious-concentration (samādhi).
- The Nimitta in Breath Meditation (Arrow River)
- The Mystery of the Breath Nimitta (Urban Dharma)
- Jhana Wars! 6: Great Nimitta Debate (Simple Suttas)
- Ajahn Brahmavamso: The Jhanas (DhammaTalks.net)
- Nimitta: Right Concentration (rc.leighb.com)
- Nimitta (The Dharmafarers)
- When nimitta comes what should I do? (Dhamma Wheel)
- Reflections on the Nature of Nimitta (Journal Samatha)
- Nimitta Sutra (Access to Insight) A meditator intent on higher mind should attend to three things: concentration, energy, equanimity.