- 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, our 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
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
- --- "Tony Osime2" <tony.osime@f...> wrote:
> I am appreciating more and more the wonderfulstillness 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.
>body can function with much
> Being so relaxed in meditation means that your
> less influence from the mind. Of course, our bodies cannot exist normally
> without our minds; however, our minds add atension to the natural workings
> of our bodies. When you pause between breathsyou can experience, very
> subtly, the calm, ease and fluidity of yourbody working without the mind's normal influence.
>breathing becomes more natural.
> One of the things I have noticed is that my
> I breath more from my belly than my chest.It feels very good. To me it is
> incredible that simply taking a breath canfeel so good. We breath hundreds
> of times every day but never savor thepleasure of any of these breaths,
> even though that pleasure is available to us.has benefits that can last the whole day.
> Focusing on your breath in meditation
>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,
- Hello Delina,
Thanks for your comments on hearing the spirits. It is food for thought.
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Thanks for your pearls of wisdom.
I remember buying a vibrating watch some years ago. The key feature was that
you could set it to go off periodically (say every hour) with a silent
vibrating alarm. I would use this as a signal to become present at that
moment. It worked very well. Eventually I lost a lot of the day to day
tension I carried around with me.
I wonder if it is time to put it on again and see how permanent the effect
has been? I smile when I remember the effort I put into finding the watch.
It is not enough that the watch has a silent, vibrating alarm - it has to
automatically reset itself to go off again at the next period. It turned out
to be a kind of pilot's watch - I guess pilots have to do periodic checks
during their flights.
This quest to find just the right watch is a kind of tension itself - it is
like putting effort into relaxation. Rather like seeking enlightenment -
which is probably why I smiled when I thought back at those days. Thanks
again for the reminder that we don't need to seek anything outside of