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Notice the breath

General discussion of issues related to Theravada Meditation, e.g. meditation postures, developing a regular sitting practice, skillfully relating to difficulties and hindrances, etc.
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Caraka
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Notice the breath

Postby Caraka » Fri Jan 11, 2013 9:57 am

During meditation I start focus or re-focus on the breath at my nosetip. However this also lead me to breathing 'manually', in and out. It just seems difficult to reach a e.g. state where I notice there is breathing going on outside my nosetip. And when I try let go of the manual breathing, my breath seems to be shorter and shorter until I reach a state where I have to take a manual deep breath.

Maybe I just want to much ;)

I would like to hear about others experiences around this?

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Re: Notice the breath

Postby cooran » Sun Jan 13, 2013 7:35 pm

Hello caraka,

Have you thought of switching meditation objects occasionally? For example, if I find myself halving to 'force' breathing, I sometimes change the focus to scanning the body or do a period of metta practice.

With metta
Chris
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