Re: iss ue withthe basic concept of breathe
- "candace_day@..." <candace_day@...> wrote:
>Yes, it is common for there to be distractions when
> It seems when i breathe in and out i dony feel my body relaxing when i breathe i either go from pelvis , stomach or diagraphm i do at least about 20 breathes is this common for beginners or. Whats does this mean
you start to meditate. They may come physically, mentally,
emotionally or just as a semi-uncomfortable energy. But
however it presents, it takes your attention away from your
intended meditation focus. That could be a "holy" word or
object, the repeating of a word or phrase, your bodily
sensations, emotional feelings, watching your thoughts flow
by, or many other things. This is where "practice makes
perfect" comes into play (and I do mean it play!). Here's
a technique that helps you get used to focusing on your breath
while progressively gaining more and more comfort with
your breath and increases your ability to maintain one-pointedness.
108 - An Easy Hard Meditation Technique
Anything in life that brings you closer to inner peace
can be said to be "good". Anything that takes your
peace away is "bad". Of course, it is a given that
anything that only brings you momentary peace, like
drugs, is not good. To really qualify, the peace must
be everlasting. Very often, good, and thus peace,
doesn't come easily. For instance, politically and
historically, it has often taken a war to bring about
a lasting peace between enemies. An example of this
can be found in the relationships between America,
Japan, Russia, and Germany. Deadly enemies during
World War II, and now close partners involved in mutual
progress and at peace.
Within ourselves there is a similar inner world
war-like interaction going on between the mind,
body, and emotions that prevents us from knowing
real peace. As the events in our life take place,
we react mentally, physically, and emotionally,
sometimes more one way and at other times more in
another. This slave-like reactivity makes our life
seem out of control, bouncing back and forth between
joy and sorrow, and without lasting peace. This
anxiety and conflict filled state can be witnessed
by an inner awareness that is our Real Self. This
Witness to our life has always been there/here, silent,
non-labeling, non-commenting, non-judging, and is present now.
As you are reading these words, your Witness is aware
of your mind's mentations, your body's sensations,
and your emotion's feelings. If your inner chattering
stops rambling on, you can sit back in your mind's
eye and Witness your body/ego's reactions. It is at
a moment when this occurs that what has been called
your higher intuitive center kicks in and you will
know, with a gut feeling, just what to do. You will
then be able to witness your mind, body, and emotions
act, and either cease the reactivity that has taken
away your peace, or start to do that which will bring
about peace in your life.
For instance, you may have been banging your head
against the wall for years, even though this caused
you to suffer terribly. Your friends may have told
you countless times that your life would be more peaceful
if you would just stop doing this foolish activity.
But, you never listened, or perhaps justified it as
worth continuing with for some silly and illogical
reason such as that it felt so good when you stopped.
Witness yourself now. Did you just see yourself laugh,
or react in a "Yep! That's me!" embarrassment? Did
your mind get angry and defensive and deny that this
concept could apply to you? Are you witnessing now? And now?
Just as it is unlikely that you would continue to
keep banging your head against the wall once you
really recognized that you were doing it, once you
witness yourself reacting to life's events inappropriately
(in a way that steals your peace away from you), you
will stop doing it and thus allow peace to fill and
stay with you. The 108 Meditation technique is one of
the best at letting you witness your mind's activity.
Relax yourself in the way you have found best prepares
you for meditating. Focus your attention on your breath.
Observe and feel air come into the body, stay, and
leave the body. Silently say "One". Do it again and
say "Two". On and on up to 108. This seems to be very
easy to do, but don't be surprised, when you first try
this inner exercise, if you can't concentrate well
enough to get all the way up to 108 without being
distracted by your thoughts, physical sensations, or
emotions. Your mind has been your master and you have
been it's slave your whole life, and it's not going to
let you be in charge without giving you a very hard
battle for control. Your mind has caused you to fritter
away your most of your life rehashing the past and
fantasizing about the future and will rebel if you try
to live and control your life as it takes place.
Your breath always occurs in the present moment. Thus,
if you are paying attention to your breath, you have
the potential of experiencing reality, for it too can
only occur now, in the present. Inner peace is not
something for the past or the future. It is available
and present now. We just must stop being distracted
from it. When we do this technique, and we watch our
mind take us away from the object of our meditation,
our breath, we must not scold ourselves. If we see that
we are concentrating very well, we must not get too
overjoyed. Both extremes are distractions.
What is especially wonderful about this technique is
that you can become aware of what causes your distraction
as well as what happens as a result of your distraction.
For instance, you may find that if you try to do this
with your eyes open, something may catch your eye and
you will start thinking about it. But, this is not
necessarily bad because you may then have learned that
it is easier to do this technique with your eyes shut
and that this does bring more peace into your life. So,
in a way, you may gain greater insight from "failing"
at maintaining your concentration than from paying attention.
Another benefit that this method gives us is that we
can gauge our progress over time. For instance, when
you first try it, you may only get up to the number
12 before your mind's chattering, or your body's twitching,
or your emotion's swings distract you. Then, perhaps
a week later, you may find that you are able to maintain
your attention up to 48. A 400% improvement!
Eventually, you will be able to silently witness your
mind obediently accomplishing the task you have assigned
it and you will get to 108 successfully. It will be then
that you can be considered the master, and your mind,
body, and emotions, the slaves. They then can be used
as valuable tools that will help you attain the consistent
inner peace that you have been seeking. Easily!
Perhaps the greatest asset this technique offers is
that you will become more and more aware of, and
start identifying with, the Witness within - the pure,
blissful, serene consciousness that is your Real Self.
You will then need no tools, techniques, or concepts,
and will live happily ever after.