--- "Tony Osime2" <tony.osime@f...> wrote:
> I am appreciating more and more the wonderful
stillness between breaths.
> That moment of calm is a moment to be treasured.
Part of the pleasure comes
> from not feeling the need to take the next breath.
However, as I appreciate that moment I also appreciate
the pleasure of breathing from the belly.
> Being so relaxed in meditation means that your
body can function with much
> less influence from the mind. Of course, o
ur bodies cannot exist normally
> without our minds; however, our minds add a
tension to the natural workings
> of our bodies. When you pause between breaths
you can experience, very
> subtly, the calm, ease and fluidity of your
body working without the mind's normal influence.
> One of the things I have noticed is that my
breathing becomes more natural.
> I breath more from my belly than my chest.
It feels very good. To me it is
> incredible that simply taking a breath can
feel so good. We breath hundreds
> of times every day but never savor the
pleasure of any of these breaths,
> even though that pleasure is available to us.
> Focusing on your breath in meditation
has benefits that can last the whole day.
And focusing on your breath the whole day
has benefits in meditation. Sri Tonyji, your
posts about relaxation point well to the great good
that relaxation brings. A few suggestions...
It is a good practice to check your body several
times a day and see if you are keeping tension in
your muscles needlessly. This happens by conditioning
and by habit. For instance, you often see women
sitting with their legs closed together just
because they were taught to do that as very little
girls so as to maintain their modesty. And yet
even when they are alone, and it would be much more
comfortable and tension relieving to sit with their
legs wide apart, they maintain their conditioned
posture. We all have similar energy squandering behaviors,
and there is a simple way to deal with them...
Witnessing this type of useless tension retension
is the only thing you need to do to eventually stop its
occurance. Similarly, simply witnessing the emotional
and mental tensions within us will diminish and
eventually totally dissipate the automatic
energy draining reactions that unneeded emotionality
and mind chatter cause within us. This points to
the need for the meditator to have an ongoing
form of mindfullness practice as well as a sitting
in meditation methodology. Similarly, as I have
mentioned here on other occasions, it may be very
good to practice hatha yoga, which origionally was,
and still "should be", a practice that primarily is
meant to bring about physical control so that you may
sit in meditation without your body distracting you.
But going back to the first (and last) thing, which
is the breath, I suggest that if you are going to
make any effort to realize Realization effortlessly,
there is probably nothing better to do than witness
your breath, and as it always takes place in the Now,
witness the mind, body, and emotions and relax them all.
Peace and blessings,