deepbluehum wrote:No. Don't do anything. Don't notice anything. Don't look for anything. Don't practice anything. Dont try to relax. Just rest.
When I "just rest" I usually drift off into half (or full) sleep. Even at my peak awake hours. The feeling I have is that brain, having nothing to do or focus on, turns itself off and sleep follows. Surely this can't be a useful "practice" ... nodding off for 20 minutes in the middle of the day?
Btw, I'm not new to meditation. I've been doing it off and on for 20 years, both sitting (anapanasati, vipassana) and waking (mindfulness). Throughout this entire time, the moment I "just rest" -- stop trying to do/be anything and just sit there -- I fall into a near sleep (on the cushion) or get lost in thought (mindfulness). I.e., meditative states have never come to me without conscious effort ... unless you count being momentarily struck by the beauty of a landscape a meditative state.
Sleeping is ok. Drifting is fine. Getting lost is thought is fine. You get into no particular preference for some "state". No need. It will help if you can go longer than 20 mins so that you can experience how things change.
In my lineage, Drikung Kagyu, the premeditation prayers of aspiration bodhichitta and action bodhichitta are taught to be in cause and effect relationship with Mahamudra which is what I've been describing to you.
You can see here. http://meditationtampa.com/dailyopeningprayers.html
Then dedicate with few Mani mantras. If you do like this, then you have perfect session no matter what happens in rest mode.
Consider the Six Advices of Tilopa
1. Don't think about the past.
2. Don't think about the future.
3. Don't think about the present.
4. Don't analyze.
5. Don't try to make something happen.
6. Just rest in your present state.
From what you are saying, you are imagining some samadhi to experience. Or you are importing Shmatha or Vipashyana and think to apply some technique. According to manifold path like Lankavatara Sutra, the only way to go is no mental projections. That means no idea about having some thought, and no idea about being rid of some thought, including feelings of drowsiness or inner monologues.
Here the fruit is no hope. So there no question of attaining a result or having a realization. This is how you really let go of everything.