A small additional detail in what I notice when exploring intention through the sense fields.
First, when I explore moods (atmosphere), I find that they are made up of sensations and thoughts. Just as emotions, pain, and so many other experiences. Sensations in a specific area of the body create the quality of a specific mood, and these are then enhanced by mental images and more, and interpreted and labeled as well.
If the particular sensations needed for a particular mood is not stable or strong, the muscles in that area tense up to create clearer, stronger and more stable sensations to create the experience of the mood.
With emotions, I notice that – for instance – a belief is triggered which brings up sadness. This sense of sadness is created by tightening certain muscles in the chest, which bring up certain sensations there, which in turn are combined with a mental image of sinking (so there is a sinking feeling in the chest), and there is the interpretation or label “sadness”. All of this creates the experience of sadness, and it seems very real and substantial, unless I notice how it is created here now.
The same happens with moods, which seem to be vague or more complex emotions, and maybe combinations of several.
And when I explore intention, I notice how also intentions are made up of sensations combined with the mental field. Muscles tense up to create sensations which then, combined with images and interpretations, create a sense of intention.
I have an intention to get up and open the door to let in fresh air. The sensation aspect comes from is a slight tightening in the back of the mouth, the mental aspect is an image of myself getting up and opening the door, and if I bring attention to it, there is also the label “intention” to the gestalt created by both of those. The slight tension of the muscles in the back of the mouth gives a sense of determination, and also power or energy, an ability to do it. (The back of the tonge presses gently to the roof of the mouth, and the muscles in the roof tighten slightly.)
And these two – moods and intention – combine as well. An intention is often associated with a particular mood, for instance of anticipation, excitement, bliss, lightness, fear, drudgery or heaviness. Sometimes, the same sensations serves as the sensation component of both the mood and the intention, and sometimes these are different sets of sensations.
For instance, an intention that is associated with bliss (Breema, for me), has as intention component the familiar slight tightening of the muscles in the back of the mouth, and the mood component is the sensation of air flowing through my nostrils.
When I notice this, there is a sense of all experiences being very simple in their components, and also a growing familiarity with how each particular one is created.
When I explore intension, I notice how certain muscles tense up to provide an anchor for the mental field aspects of intension. And these sensations often also provide a sense of a mood associated with the intension. Anticipation, bliss, joy, fear, drudgery, and so on.
For instance, an intension to do something that I associate with bliss is combined with sensations of breath inside the nose, which provide a taste of that bliss here now. In this case, the sensations providing a sense of bliss and a sense of intention are separate. The bliss sensations inside the nose, and the intention sensations in parts of the throat area.
An intention to do something I fear is connected with sensations in the chest area. Drudgery in the belly area.
- moods: sensation + mental field (created by tensing muscles to create a particular sensation as anchor for a particular mood)
- intention: sensation + mental field (also tension of muscles to create more stable and available sensations, and sense of substance)
- intention: combines with mood (either same sensations, or two different areas – one for each)