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alex wild

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How to focus on the breath?
« on: June 22, 2011, 06:36:20 PM »
I don't have a problem focusing on the breath, but my technique may be different from others. I just try to follow it as it goes in and as it goes out. If goes in and stopped short, then I think "goes in and stops short". If comes out long with a short pause, then I think "comes out long with a short pause".

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Re: How to focus on the breath?
« Reply #1 on: December 19, 2011, 08:51:17 AM »
I’m curious about the breathing practices. Why would you do it? What does it gives you? How different it is from Yoga and usual meditation?

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Re: How to focus on the breath?
« Reply #2 on: December 23, 2011, 12:55:16 AM »
If I focused on my breath in that way, I would get distracted by the words. I simply feel the breath coming in and out instead of trying to describe it to myself. If I can't help it, I'll visualize my lungs stretching and emptying to keep myself from being distracted.

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Re: How to focus on the breath?
« Reply #3 on: February 06, 2012, 04:02:33 AM »
Mindful breathing is a very simple form of meditation and is a nice one because you can do it anywhere and anytime.  I have been taught the following.  When you breathe in simply say or think,  "Breathing in, I know I am breathing in" and when exhaling simple say or think, "Breathing out, I know I am breathing out".   The words can be altered to anything.  If you have a pain for example, you can say, "Breathing in I know I have pain",  While exhaling, "Breathing out, I know the pain will go away."

The beauty of this practice is that you can be driving a car, walking, even at work and practice.

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Re: How to focus on the breath?
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2012, 03:19:09 PM »
Mindful breathing is a very simple form of meditation and is a nice one because you can do it anywhere and anytime.  I have been taught the following.  When you breathe in simply say or think,  "Breathing in, I know I am breathing in" and when exhaling simple say or think, "Breathing out, I know I am breathing out".   The words can be altered to anything.  If you have a pain for example, you can say, "Breathing in I know I have pain",  While exhaling, "Breathing out, I know the pain will go away."

The beauty of this practice is that you can be driving a car, walking, even at work and practice.

Thank you, Richard - that sounds a great way to do it, because after a short time, it will become a habit. Since I read this post a couple of days ago, I have been trying this out, and I find it helps me to relax and to clear my mind for sleep. Also, when I am experiencing pain, it helps to take the focus away from it. The more I learn about Buddhism, the more I feel that I can benefit from incorporating elements of it into my own life.

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Re: How to focus on the breath?
« Reply #5 on: February 15, 2012, 11:21:55 AM »
Happy that it is helping you Sandra!  As we know, humor is a great part of healing.  One of my monks told me that if I am experiencing pain or discomfort I should say verbally, "Hello Pain!  I hope you are having a good time with me and please hurry and go away!"  It sounds ridiculous and it just about every time I do it I start laughing and it does seem to help!

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Re: How to focus on the breath?
« Reply #6 on: July 22, 2012, 10:49:04 AM »
I read a book that focused on Meditation and Prayer. I find that it's helpful to think when you are a beginner. There was an exercise in the book that went like this:

- You sit in a quiet room. The words in quotation should be thought, not said:

(Breathe in)

"I'm breathing in"

(Breathe out)

"I'm breathing out"

(Breathe in)

"I'm in the present moment"

(Breathe Out)

"It is a wonderful moment"

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Re: How to focus on the breath?
« Reply #7 on: July 24, 2012, 03:57:08 AM »
I read a book that focused on Meditation and Prayer. I find that it's helpful to think when you are a beginner. There was an exercise in the book that went like this:

- You sit in a quiet room. The words in quotation should be thought, not said:

(Breathe in)

"I'm breathing in"

(Breathe out)

"I'm breathing out"

(Breathe in)

"I'm in the present moment"

(Breathe Out)

"It is a wonderful moment"

This is a great technique for beginners.

The technique I use is to focus on breathing through my nostrils. I inhale through one the left side and exhale on the right. Doing that forces me to focus on my breathing without talking. It sounds like it's hard, but it isn't.

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Re: How to focus on the breath?
« Reply #8 on: July 25, 2012, 03:03:09 PM »
The technique I use is to focus on breathing through my nostrils. I inhale through one the left side and exhale on the right. Doing that forces me to focus on my breathing without talking. It sounds like it's hard, but it isn't.

I do something similar, but I focus on breathing in through my nose...and exhale through my mouth. I use the same quotes of talking myself through exactly what I'm doing, how I'm doing it, where I'm doing it, etc.

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Re: How to focus on the breath?
« Reply #9 on: September 12, 2012, 02:59:38 PM »
I don't have a problem focusing on the breath, but my technique may be different from others. I just try to follow it as it goes in and as it goes out. If goes in and stopped short, then I think "goes in and stops short". If comes out long with a short pause, then I think "comes out long with a short pause".

It is not a pranayama.  Breath is your life and death. Go in deeper, don't enforce it in any way. Just watch it, in goes in, it goes out.

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Re: How to focus on the breath?
« Reply #10 on: October 27, 2012, 09:50:44 PM »
I don't have a problem focusing on the breath, but my technique may be different from others. I just try to follow it as it goes in and as it goes out. If goes in and stopped short, then I think "goes in and stops short". If comes out long with a short pause, then I think "comes out long with a short pause".

Hi,
you do have a problem focusing on the breath, because you get distracted by your thoughts.
Chris K.


 

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