Re: Meditation - The breath
A few notions on breath for your kind consideration...
Originally Posted by satay
I cannot stress how important breath is in one's practice... it is no less than your connection to this whole environment - it is HIS breath (in my opinion) .
We are offered 21,600 breaths (+/-) per day.
In the beginning we just let the breath be. We do not control it - we are just simple about this. If one is meditating then breath all by itself will find its natural rhythm and depth ...
you will find that during one's meditation the breath will become shallow and slow ~light~ . This is the natural condition of settling down. Just like a pot of boiling water when one turns
down the flame the water stops its bubbling . When the flame is off the pot cools and the water stands still. Water = the chatter of the mind; breath = the fire.
Now, I mention the above when one is meditating with a mantra and it is doing the guiding; if one is working with a breathing technique then things are slightly different.
We can review this if there is interest.
A few other simple house keeping items for one’s practice (abhyāsa) if there is interest:
- nirāśa – expect nothing – be simple; one is patient.
- ekākī – practice alone; This means even if one practices in a group (which is rewarding) our practice is singular e.g. no holding hands; no cats sitting on our laps, like that.
- śama & śuci – a quiet and clean place; a place where no agitation will take place, no family traffic , no exit and entrance points for public passing.
- aparigrahaḥ - this word means ‘ not collecting things’ , without possessions. As we apply it to one’s meditation it simple means we do not create to-do lists, mental lists of activities for after one’s meditation. The term also means ‘ renouncing’ and in this case we are renouncing thoughts, but not by pushing them out, this only agitates the mind. This elimination of thoughts comes in time; yet in one’s practice we find that the mind begins to ‘leak’ – thoughts. We simply and easily goback to one’s practice. It is that easy. We pay them no mind. Let me say that again - we do not give thoughts any mindful attention. No attention on them - not even the slightest analysis or inspection of the thoughts that bubble up; When done properly they just come and go and you do not even notice their content. You don’t even bother to ‘open the hood’and look into any of them… it is that simple.
Then one makes the ripe conditions to ārurukṣu – to rise, ascend.
because you are identical with śiva