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Counting Without Counting

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  • medit8ionsociety
    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
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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 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.
    • medit8ionsociety
      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 8:42 AM
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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 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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