Slowly extend the breath out through the nose while gently focusing on the frontal lobes and feel them relax and observe the effect this has on your mind.
CAUTION: Development of skill in this technique involves intentionally triggering unpleasant feeling tone, in this way meditation can become very real. Be cautious and only do this with guidance from a skilled teacher and/or appropriate training in softening, samadhi and insight.
The MIDL Method of Relaxing the Frontal Lobes is the skill of abandon all mental participation through relaxing the effort that underlies mental stances.
There is a direct correlation between mental activity, such as thinking, as well as held mental postures, and the experience of tension in the area of the frontal lobes. It is the effort held in this area that you relax.
When relaxing the frontal lobes, it is helpful to borrow the method of Lengthening the Out-Breath through the nose by picturing the in-breath filling your frontal lobes, and the out-breath deflating them like a balloon.
Once you can feel the deflation/relaxing of the frontal lobes you can abandon all imagery. With practice you will be able to abandon all effort in the frontal lobes without the aid of breathing.
Step 1. Learn to Soften the Frontal Lobes.
Step 2: Combine the Five Softening Doors.
You are ready to progress to Insight 17: Learn to Decondition Mind when:
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