## Counting Without Counting

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• There is a technique for counting that doesn t involve thinking, and can even be done by people who can t count up to 12. What you do is to use your thumb (on
Message 1 of 2 , May 10, 2012
There is a technique for counting that doesn't
involve thinking, and can even be done by people
who can't count up to 12. What you do is to use
your thumb (on either hand), to touch the inner
base of your little finger (where it joins the
palm), then to touch the first/lower inner joint
of your little finger, and then to touch the upper
inner joint of your little finger. You would then
continue to do this with your fourth finger, third,
and second/index finger. This would be a cycle
of 12. With your other hand, you would then put
finger, then after another cycle of 12, you would
place that thumb on the inner lower joint of the
little finger. And after the next cycle of 12,
against the inner top joint of the little finger.
This would complete 3 cycles of 12. If you wanted
to continue to do 12 cycles of 12, you would just
continue using the thumb to touch the base, lower,
and upper inner joints of the 4 fingers of that
hand. So, for example, with a simple breathing
technique (Pranayama) like inhaling for one breath,
holding the inhalation for the same amount of time
and exhaling for the same amount of time, you would
inhale, retain the breath, exhale, and then touch
the base of the little finger on one hand with your
thumb; inhale, retain, exhale, and touch the lower
joint of the little finger; inhale, retain, exhale,
and touch the top inner joint of the little finger.
Then you would continue with the other 3 fingers of
that hand, and then initiate the touching of the base
of the little finger of the opposite hand with that
thumb, and so on, and so on.

This method of keeping count of your meditation is
ancient, and is well known and used by millions of
people. It becomes very comfortable
and "doable" quickly with practice, and ends the
thinking about thinking that counting can cause.
• There is a technique for counting that doesn t involve thinking, and can even be done by people who can t count up to 12. What you do is to use your thumb (on
Message 2 of 2 , Mar 1, 2014

There is a technique for counting that doesn't involve thinking, and can even be done by people who can't count up to 12. What you do is to use your thumb (on either hand), to touch the inner base of your little finger (where it joins the palm), then to touch the first/lower inner joint of your little finger, and then to touch the upper inner joint of your little finger. You would then continue to do this with your fourth finger, third, and second/index finger. This would be a cycle of 12. With your other hand, you would then put your thumb against the inner base of your little finger, then after another cycle of 12, you would place that thumb on the inner lower joint of the little finger. And after the next cycle of 12, against the inner top joint of the little finger. This would complete 3 cycles of 12. If you wanted to continue to do 12 cycles of 12, you would just continue using the thumb to touch the base, lower, and upper inner joints of the 4 fingers of that hand. So, for example, with a simple breathing technique (Pranayama) like inhaling for one breath, holding the inhalation for the same amount of time and exhaling for the same amount of time, you would inhale, retain the breath, exhale, and then touch the base of the little finger on one hand with your thumb; inhale, retain, exhale, and touch the lower joint of the little finger; inhale, retain, exhale, and touch the top inner joint of the little finger. Then you would continue with the other 3 fingers of that hand, and then initiate the touching of the base of the little finger of the opposite hand with that thumb, and so on, and so on.

This method of keeping count of your meditation is ancient, and is well known and used by millions of people. It becomes very comfortable and "doable" quickly with practice, and ends the thinking about thinking that counting can cause.

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