Posted by Michael Pollard (18.104.22.168) on August 26, 2000 at 19:58:26:
In Reply to: Why breath posted by Savaka on August 26, 2000 at 16:01:08:
A suggestion, if you have trouble with the sensations of the nostrals, as I seem to, try the lower abdomine. I've been reading some Zen liturature and the Hara is said to be at the bottom of the gut. This is the 3rd Tantric cakras between the growing and the bellie button, it's much easier to keep attention on this point; although you have to breath from the bellie rather than the chest. Don't strain to hard, such a concentration is easy when in a proper meditative position... I speak of the full or half lotus or another solid position. Also, I'm not sure if it's the mind breath, but as things fal away I find that I become almost one with my breath and evrything around me. I have no idea wheather this is good; although it's a good feeling. Anyway, beware of sleepiness, constant spleepiness may indicate your postion is bad and/or you need better quality sleep at night. I need about 8 hours and meditation is much better when I first awaken. I must also toss in my two cents about a teacher, get one if you can..
it's a luxuray many like me cannot get. If you cannot get one, don't worry, start gradually from counting breaths 1 on in.. 2 on out... 3 on in... and so on up to 10 at which time you start over; and start over at one if you loss count or find yourself trying to remeber what number your on. That's a subtle sign of inattention. What else? Yes, after that you should try the bottom of the gut breathing, when you can stay on counting without interuption for a few sesions, and it should be good for a time. I of course am a novice too, I assume you are, and should mention that serious reading a experimenting is important. I'm not done this book "The three pillars of Zen" by Roshi Philip Kapleau yet, but it's stuff on Zen meditation, preferably called zazen, is great. It even provides pictures of postitions and pillow descriptions. Great book thus far. Anyway, babbleing on I go. Metta and here's a description of my sitting postion if you need it.
I haven't explained this all as well as I should, but they are mostly to explain my reasons for doing these things. A better description is offered, it's the seven point postion. Read it on this site, I think. Just go to the teaching section. If you do meditate well enough, then all this is for not... and I hope at least someone found it interesting. Feel free to flame me for bad practice or for any reason at email@example.com. I hope I helped a little, Metta.
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