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  • It took me quite a while of focusing on the breath to actually get it, so to speak. Well, for one, it is very quiet and there appear to be no thoughts, so that should be an encouragement! The quiet , after all those thoughts racing through trying to get your attention. That is what they want after all, your attention so they can distract you. If your attention is owned by you, then you can rest in peace.
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  • Breath and life are perhaps synonymous. What is one without the other? At least on the physical plane. I do believe there is no need for breathing on other planes of existence. That is possibly going too far. If you have ever tried to meditate and thought , what can I meditate on? Meditate on breathing in and out. When you get there, then you can find out other things to do.
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  •   MsPat reacted to this post about 2 months ago
    I worked with this after I learned how to breathe properly by God's grace. I was on the bus and I was playing with my breath and I had it so I could do 1 breath per minute and I did notice that there were fewer thoughts - though this could be due to the blood sounding louder in the head but I digress. I read much later that in Kriya Yoga - one of the goals was to keep the body alive with no breath because then there are no thoughts and when there are no thoughts reality starts to slip through.
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  •   MsPat reacted to this post about 2 months ago
    If you play with the breath, you have various ways to breathe. You can breathe through the nose but with catarrh, that isn't too easy, so you breathe through the mouth just to stay alive. Your parents have forgotten how to breathe properly, so they can't teach you. Very sad and this is typical of all things in life. No-one teaches you what you need to know. Breath is really quite amazing! Do you know that if you can hold your breath a while, then while your breath is held, there are no thoughts.
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  •   Marian commented on this post about 2 months ago
    Breath, it is so critical to physical life and people are not taught how to breathe. It is the first crime against humanity. Moreover, babies until they get to about 4 years old breathe correctly but it is coaxed out of them, not on purpose by the parents but the type of exercise they get to do at schools. The instructors of physical education. Chest out and look up. Easiest way to get the chest out is by breath. After that you forget the correct way to breathe until, hopefully, you find a useful book on breath.
    • I have begun reading a book that describes the basics of Zen. Breathing slowly and purposefully is a most important aspect. The author describesI have begun reading a book that describes the basics of Zen. Breathing slowly and purposefully is a most important aspect. The author describes breathing as likened to a 'swinging door'. Letting oxygen in and out while our mind takes on thoughts. These thoughts are like waves headed to a shore, there one moment, then gone the next as they fall upon the sandy beach. We can allow those thoughts to dissipate just as the waves do, creating more and more calm as our breath goes in and out of the swinging door ever so slowly. This practice sounds as if it is similar to what you are writing about Marian.  More ...
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    • Yes, it is very similar. It is excellent that you have found a useful book.
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  •   MsPat reacted to this post about 3 months ago
    That last post, I have tried at various times throughout the day. I'm not saying I have even done enough but a start. If you could set it in motion so it was self-fulfilled, then you could breathe in the pure energy of God continually.
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  •   MsPat commented on this post about 3 months ago
    Perhaps we should become aware firstly of the correct way to breathe. Yogic books seem to be the best source for this or now, YouTube. There is first of all the need to breathe through the nose and not so much through the mouth. First of all, your nose has hairs inside the nostrils to catch anything that is floating around in the air and there is a lot of stuff flying around. The mouth, has nothing to trap anything, it just goes through the mouth and straight into the stomach. The major benefit I noticed, when I started breathing through my nose consciously was that I didn't catch a cold for over 2 years. That should be enough motivation.
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  •   MsPat reacted to this post about 3 months ago
    So, the best way to breathe I have found is diaphragm breathing or belly breathing. You push your stomach out but it is actually your diaphragm. You breathe first into the belly, then the middle section, the part that is the rib-cage and then the last part is where most people do all their breathing, the chest and try not to raise the shoulders. Do this breathing for perhaps 10 rounds if you can, bearing in mind that some people get dizzy because they are not used to so much air, so take care. Take 1 and if you think you can cope take another and so on.
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