Is Body - Breath - Mind are connected to each other, and Thinking process really need oxygen to operate. When I sit for meditation i feel my breath is stop (Gap) and thought slows down, but for very minimum time.
It is just a bad translation. Alternative ways to say it:
Breath Gradually Ceases when Thought Gradually Ceases
Breath Gradually Stills when Thought Gradually Stills
Breath Quietens when Thought Quietens
Breath Calms Down when Thought Calms Down
Consider SN 36.11:
"I have taught, monk, the gradual cessation of conditioned phenomena. [...] Having attained the second absorption, thought-conception and discursive thinking has ceased. [...] Having attained the fourth absorption, inhalation and exhalation have ceased.
"I have further taught, monk, the gradual stilling of conditioned phenomena. [...] Having attained the second absorption, thought-conception and discursive thinking been stilled. [...] Having attained the fourth absorption, inhalation and exhalation have been stilled.
"There are, monk, these six quietenings (or calmings). [...] Having attained the second absorption, thought-conception and discursive thinking are quietened. [...] Having attained the fourth absorption, inhalation and exhalation is quietened.
Thank you @Andrei Volkov. Now I am understanding.. Now my question is "How to be Completely aware in each and every moment"...even Working, Walking, Talking.. can "Continuous Breath Awareness" is a Answer?? Jan 4, 2016 at 13:06
Yes, you got it :)– Andriy Volkov ♦Jan 4, 2016 at 13:08
Ok.. Its means Only awareness.. not contemplation .. not concentration.. Jan 4, 2016 at 13:10
Mental Fabrications is associated with sensations, hence will not stop until sensations stop. There are ways to stop thoughts is to develop Nirodha Samapatti or realise Nirvana by other means. When you have Nirvana as object only will your thinking stop. Verbal fabrication which is Thinking and Pondering will stop in the second Jhana.
When breathing stops your bodily fabrications have stopped. But when thoughts arise new fabrications arise which might have bodily impact hence breathing start again.
The there is a gap or breathing stops you have to contemplate the sensations you experience in the upper lip or even the whole body. See: LECTURE FOUR: MASTERING THE VEDANA by ANAPANASATI - MINDFULNESS WITH BREATHING Unveiling the Secrets of Life: a Manual for Serious Beginners. When the breath is there look at the flow and touch of the breath. When it is not the sensations on the last point the breath touched. (2nd Tetrads)
Do not get alarmed if your breath stops for a long duration but this should not be forced.
Thank you @Suminda Sirinath S. Dharmasena. But what is a goal of meditation. Increasing the GAP (When breath stops)?. That's lead to a Present moment, Absorbing in Moment??. or analyzing??.. When the awareness is aware of awareness?? please guide me.. Jan 4, 2016 at 12:20
Great you felt it was useful. I feel this might need to be posted as a new question, as if I answer it here this my answer will not be for your original question. Jan 4, 2016 at 12:22
I think I can add it here as you mentioned gap in the original question. Jan 4, 2016 at 12:24
Ok. @Suminda Sirinath S. Dharmasena Jan 4, 2016 at 12:28
I noticed you accepted my answer but not unvoted. Upvote is to signal something is useful or giving your endorsement to the answer / question. So wondering if I have missed something or there is gap between what you expected out of the answer than what I gave? Jan 4, 2016 at 12:39