【修持轨理 The Meditation Session】此复初修，若时长久，易随掉沉自在而转 Furthermore, if at first you meditate for a long time, you will be readily susceptible to laxity and excitement.
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【The Meditation Session】
【What to do at the conclusion】
【Furthermore, if at first you meditate for a long time, you will be readily susceptible to laxity and excitement. 】
We should know that when we first begin to meditate, if you do so for a long time, you will be readily susceptible to laxity or excitement. "Readily susceptible" means that you will become that way without you being aware. What is "excitement"? What is "laxity"? We will not go into details here, it is explained very clearly in the section on serenity. For those experienced fellow practitioners, once I point this out you would know it right away. There are a few reasons why we cannot achieve meditative stabilization, or even get to the state of single-pointed focus. There are a few states of our minds. One is distraction - to think wildly of all sorts of ideas, thinking of this and that. This is not just talking about a normal distraction but that of "excitement." What is "excitement"? It is a subjective aspect of the mind that focuses and clings onto something and that mindset accords with attachment. You think of this and that, being fond of this and that. It is this kind of state, a state whereby your mind is aroused. What else? Then once you think, think, think, when you get tired of thinking, you sink. What is it like when you sink? First, you get into a subtle laxity. Then later, it becomes a coarse laxity. And then after that, you fall asleep. It could go to that.