Thanks for the suggestions Nina, I'll try them out. I've been trying
to focus on my abdomen, but believe I may also be (involuntarily)
focusing my eyes downward toward that region as well.
> Hi, Slink,
> I find that when I focus too precisely or sternly, that
> such pains are more likely to crop up.
> Try letting your focus become a bit easier and more diffuse.
> Three suggestions:
> 1. If you are focusing on your breath by focusing your
> mind's eye on your nose or upper respiratory system,
> then try paying attention instead to how it feels in
> your entire torso as the breath ebbs and flows. Don't
> focus your 'eyes' in that area, allow your attention to
> be more diffuse and based on sensation.
> 2. Instead of focusing intently on every single breath,
> give yourself permission to pay attention to every
> third breath or there-abouts. In between the 'third-or-
> so breaths', allow your mind to rest and your bodily
> tensions to relax.
> 3. Oftentimes, when we pay attention to our breath,
> we very subtly change it. This can mean that the
> breath moves to a different part of the chest or
> that the length or rhythm of the breath changes.
> I have noticed that if the breath moves to the
> mid to upper part of the chest and becomes more
> shallow, that it is likely to produce head sensations
> such as what you mentioned. Consider paying attention
> to how you may be influencing the breath and see if it
> is possible to 'undo' your 'undoing'; allow your breath
> to emerge in its most innocent expression.
> Good luck, Slink...