13149Re: Meditation newbie question
- Aug 7, 2004--- In email@example.com, Lord_Slinky@y...
> Hi Bob,on
> Thanks for the link, I'll check it out. As for that "not right
> feeling". I've been suffering from minor sinus headaches off and
> for the past year (although i don't often take clarinex for it).So
> I take it its not normal for that pressure to build up duringHi, Slink,
> meditation. Well, hopefully its only the sinus headache feeling
> more intense as a result of the meditation and nothing else.
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.
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...
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