Didn’t meditate every day due to various life circumstances. Here’s what I did do.
Tuesday evening, 8/6: First attempt at basic trance: started out with counted breaths. When I found myself thinking about the wedding or other things, I imagined the thought dissipating into wisps of smoke. Face wouldn’t relax, but rest of body did. Did a fairly good job of maintaining focus even though one of the dogs started barking and I coughed a couple times. A fit of coughing prompted me to sit up and end my session.
Wednesday evening: 8/7: Meditated in afternoon before a nap. Counted breaths were smooth, and I didn’t really find my mind wandering much. Had a terrible headache though. Got the idea to imagine the pain dissipating into wispy smoke and I did feel some relief. Finally got some rest after a cup of chamomile tea.
Thursday evening, 8/8: Felt self going into an altered state, though I didn’t “see” anything or feel anything else. Just felt different. Don’t have a detailed record of this meditation.
I’ve continued to try to meditate before I go to bed, though some nights are harder than others. I have no idea where I am in my “meditation training program;” it might be a long time before I can move on.