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Whenever I do mindfulness with breathing I get ear pains whenever I do longer breaths. The breath is also hearable.

Wherein lies the problem?

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    Physical pain and itching is normal time to time but in your case the cause can be something different – Murathan1 Apr 12 at 16:15
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Could be because you are performing forced breaths.

Otherwise, there could possibly be some type of physical problem or blockage, such as this I found on the internet.

If the later, I would research the internet, ask a doctor or ask a highly skilled acupuncturist.

  • Before proceeding with the latter, lets assume that it's the former reason. What'd you suggest? – Val Apr 12 at 21:55
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    Anapanasati long breathing is not forced or controlled breathing. It is long breathing that naturally occurs when the mind is calm. – Dhammadhatu Apr 13 at 1:09
  • Why then does everyone (Ajahn Chah, Buddhadasa, Jayasaro etc.) say to tranquilize the breath and observe it? – Val Apr 13 at 6:04
  • Tranquilize does not mean directly manipulating it. You can keep following their instructions and see what results they bring. – Dhammadhatu Apr 13 at 8:36
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Apparently I figured it out by myself how to solve the pain. It was due to me breathing in a quite 'rough' manner, namely, breathing through the nose so that the sound is audible.

Consequently, changing the breath so that it's hardly audible diminished the ear & head pressure.

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