Questions tagged [meditation-breath]

Questions concerning meditation which focuses on the breath. This could be advice around certain aspects of this practice or questions around relevant texts such as the Anapanasati Sutta,

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Observing the breath vs Pranayama

Is it better to just watch the breath as it unfolds or sometimes we need to control it to slow it down ,calming down and noticing it in the same time ?.
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Detachment in Breathing Meditation

I read this answer, and it made me wonder something deeply; the answer seemed to imply strenuous or volitional attention was inferior to watching the mind for breath meditation, and that merely ...
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Body Scan Versus Feeling Breath Overall

Upon reading this post, I realized I always focused on the tip of the nose rather than the whole body, which may be less effective (for me). I was reminded of my Buddhist college teacher who said that ...
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Sati-Sampajañña and a quiet mind

Is it the case that a quiet mind can best execute Sati-Sampajañña because there are no interfering thoughts disturbing it? If the answer is yes, should the main concern in day-to-day life be to ...
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hard to breathe during meditation

I started with a new goal -meditate for a month daily and it reminds me of my experiences which I was experienced during group meditations in the past. After relaxing the body it gets very hard to ...
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What is the best of Jhanas and breathing meditation?

I have heard two ways off approaching mindfulness of breathing: Breath in a inhale-pause-exhale-pause pattern, focusing on the sensations of the breath at the nostrils and the silences at the pauses ...
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Holding my breath

I don't breath appropriately. Most of the time i hold my breath its like I'm tensed. When i was a child i started doing this when i was near people but today (40 years old) i hold my breath all the ...
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Beginner Buddhist Breathing?

Buddhists, I am told, value the practice of paying attention to breathing. I think I'm going to give it a try while I go about my day ... it can't hurt. What are the benefits? Are there beginner ...
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Anapanasati and Metta

Background Hi all, i have been practicing Metta and self-compassion meditation for a while but have just switched (back) to following the first couple of exercises in the Anapanasati Sutta (...
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In breathing mindfulness ,why only long and short breaths are taken into consideration?

I have just started practicing breathing mindfulness. At several places following is said for the breathing mindfulness: While breathing in long, he knows “I am breathing in long”, or, while ...
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Annoyed by nasal congestion and hyper-salivation during meditation?

I just attended a 10-day Vipassana retreat and during the whole retreat I was constantly annoyed by nasal congestion and hyper-salivation. For many years I've had a sort of chronic nasal congestion, ...
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Meditation - how to breath naturally?

Just starting with meditation, I can't get the breathing right. As soon as I concentrate on breathing (as there is not much else to concentrate on), I unvolunteraly assume concious control over when ...
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How can I direct attention on an breath without consciously breathing?

In every guided meditation or in the books I've read on meditation, I've been told to observe and hold sustained awareness towards the the 'meditation object', that is my breathing. When I do that, ...
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Non-attachment as object of meditation

Is there text (e.g. suttas, and/or articles by modern authors) which describes "non-attachment" as an object of meditation? Specifically, how is "non-attachment" an "object"? I'm asking partly ...
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How to breathe into your stomach and not get light headed during meditation?

During conventional Buddhist sitting meditation I have a problem whereby because I am thinking about my breathing my breath is quite short (I can't seem to change that) and just a few minutes in, just ...
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What does “nose breath” mean?

What does the following mean? You should not try to find the point where the moving air strokes the nostrils, but keep your focus at the nose breath. This comes from the followingpage that was ...
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More self control - Beginners

Most of the time we are under control of our mind and old habits.If a beginner wants to break the old habits and get more control of it.From where do they should start ?
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The object of meditation

I have been focused on the breath in meditation and I am interested in Vipassana, but I am confused about the object of meditation. I have read that you focus on the breath and as thoughts arise, you ...
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Hard not to control my breathing

For the record I'm new to meditation. I'm trying to observe my breathing without controlling it. That was the guidance from someone I met at a buddhist meeting. Though sometimes I just ralize that I ...
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Unnecessarily Complicated Analysis of Anapanasati

Alright, I'm having a lot of unnecessary trouble, and would like some advice regarding anapanasati. I've attempted to understand the technique as with the Anapanasati Sutta, with The Attention ...
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Lack of Grasping of the Object of Meditation

I asked a question previously about the object of meditation being faint. Perhaps I'd like to reformulate my question more specifically as I still encounter these kinds of problems, and I will provide ...
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How to balance an attitude of “effortless non-striving” with proper posture?

In Karma-Chagme's book, "A Spacious Path to Freedom", he emphasizes the importance of correct posture in directing the vital energies to the central channel. In particular, he mentions (1) the tongue ...
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To what extent can Ānāpānasati be related to Vipassanā?

I've read that the two can somehow be used in Unison, with benefit. Can anyone expand on this?
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What is meditation and are we dulling the mind through what is considered formal meditation?

I ask this with a healthy skepticism. What is meditation? Is it the style that is put forth in the texts or traditions, like Tibetan or Indian or whatever tradition? For example, sit down and ...
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Faintness of Object of Meditation

I started meditating recently formally, after a while of non-formal meditation, and I'm realizing that the objects I meditate on, either the breath or an image, are extremely faint. In the case of the ...
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Body feels like crying

After stressful events that I'm unaccustomed to, or after strenuous workout, my body feels as if it wants to cry. I am unable to produce the tears to "cry it out", but my body feels it. This started ...
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What are the Ānāpānasati Kammaṭṭhāna as Taught By Ven. Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thero

I am curious to know how Ven. Kiribathgoda Gnanananda Thero teachers Ānāpānasati. Does he follow the 16 stage instructions or perhaps something similar to the 8 step method1 or combination of both or ...
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Shamata - attention on upper lip, diaphragm or belly?

A very interesting discussion here on SE on breathing focus made me a bit confused. Allan Wallace says in the beginning focus on belly, then when you get better at it, diaphragm, then nostril/upper ...
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Why sitting meditation, and is vippasana and breath meditation sufficient?

Why do we have to watch body sensations separately by sitting meditation, when even in our daily life we are experiencing sensations moment to moment (and realizing everything is vibrating in our body)...
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Strong blood flow when meditating

I am currently following a vipassana retreat at Panditarama Lumbini (where you are asked to notice the rise and fallings of the abdomen). The first 5 days were OK (even if I maybe was pushing too much ...
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Is watching the heart beat (instead of watching the breath) a known form of meditation?

In Anapana there is no regulation of the breath. As I understood it, it's meant not to control your breath while meditating, but just let flow. Sometimes it's difficult for me not to control it, so I ...
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Nose Object Problems

If one practices Goenka style Vipassana or Anapana meditation then the main object of contemplation is the nose area. If one has a cold and the nose is blocked then is it o.k. to breath through the ...
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What happens to my body when I breathe out?

It is suggested, that one concentrates on the breath while meditating. It is also suggested that one breathes out and remains in this state for a moment, to feel the emptiness. What happens to my body ...
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What to focus on between breaths

i've been trying to practice following the whole length of the in-breath and the whole length of the out-breath, and i can see that my attention often slips between the breaths. Any thoughts on what ...
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Why does my mind feel slow to think nearly half day after my meditation?

I would like to know if I should expect any problems after I have done my meditation in the morning for a half hour? For the whole morning afterwards, my mind felt very slow to think of anything. Is ...
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Breath patterns in texts

What is the canonical reference if I wanted to read about breath patterns and their mapping to specific mind states? A while back I came across an online text which contained some very hard-to-...
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Ways to strengthen the perception of the breath

I would like to hear all the ways to strengthen the feeling of the breath so i will know when it enters the body and when it leaves it i tried to put a hand on the stomach and feel the air go out ...
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Can't notice the breath

I can't find the breath (sometimes I can, but the majority of the time I can't) I can't notice the rising and falling of the stomach even when lying and putting my hand on it and also to notice the ...
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Awareness of two things

I started to read Mastering the Core Teachings of the Buddha (the PDF, version 3). Before page 22, there's some text which says that (I paraphrase) sensations are fleeting and that consciousness-of-...
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How can the sensations of the meditation object (attention to the breath) be made more noticeable?

While practicing sitting vipassana meditation, using the felt sensations of the abdomen rising and falling with each breath as the meditation object, there is the frequent flood of mental images ...
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Electric blood, electric breathe, electric ball and one beam

I have done meditation for 6 week now. My pulse has now become so electric even not when I am meditating, before i was Activated my pulse used to pulsating back and forward but now its more alive. ...
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How to breathe?

I might like some advice about breathing. A doctor implied that I'm not very good at breathing: i.e. that I have "central sleep apnea" which probably means that the part of the brain-stem that ...
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In the Anapanasati Sutta what is meant by 'sensitive to rapture/bliss'?

Considering these verses of the Anapanasati Sutta He trains himself, 'I will breathe in sensitive to rapture.' He trains himself, 'I will breathe out sensitive to rapture.' He trains ...
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In the Anapanasati Sutta, what is the difference between mind and mental processes?

The book Breath by Breath by Larry Rosenberg splits the Anapanasati Sutta into 4 tetrads. The wildmind website does a similar thing. In the second tetrad there is a verse that is rendered He trains ...
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During insight meditation, what does the meditator note in-between the rising and falling of the abdomen?

I practice insight meditation (Theravada tradition), noting the rising and falling of the abdomen. It was suggested that one should make a mental note once per second, neither too frequently, nor too ...
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Attention to the breath: sensations at the nostrils vs sensations at the abdomen, as they relate to serenity and insight

During sitting meditation, I attempt to anchor attention to the breathe. I have read about anchoring on the sensation(s) of the breathe at the nostril, and I have read about anchoring on the rise and ...
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How to realise “anatta” of “Nama-rupa”

By noticing my abdomen while breathing , I can feel up and down movement of it . Also I can keep a mental notes as "up" and "down". When it is up there is "rupa of up" and "Nama of up mental note " ...
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Being bored :anapanasati meditation

How to overcome feeling bored while doing anapanasati meditation ? I get this feeling after setting sati at the end of the nose and body is calmed .
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Why will-power could not be used to regulate kaya , vedana and citta?

I found the below from the book Mindfulness with Breathing: A Manual for Serious Beginners http://www.amazon.co.uk/Mindfulness-Breathing-Manual-Serious-Beginners/dp/0861711114 The Thai word ...
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Breath getting shorter and shorter

Practice : Meditation using breath I'm practicing sitting meditation using breath according to Thai Forest Tradition method. Mentally reciting of "Buddho" . I practice at home so would like to get ...