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May 11, 2018 at 10:02 pm #130093
For people’s reference, I’m practicing 20 minutes sitting, and 10 minutes standing — and — I’m doing that half-hour practice three times each day: at 6 a.m., 11:30 a.m., and 6 p.m.
Today I’m on Day Number 6, of my third week, of the first month.
In 2 full weeks, plus 5 full days, plus today (which is still a “partial day”) — if my arithmetic’s correct — there have been 62 practice times. And I actually did practice 60 of those (I missed two times).
Yesterday I reached the (frustrating) point of realizing: I WANT to let my breaths do just what they want — and I WANT to watch them and count them WITHOUT interfering with them in any way (and especially to NOT STOP the breaths between the EXHALE, and the INHALE). And, finding that IMPOSSIBLE.
Because, the breath that I am watching myself breathing (which can only be my unconscious, habituated way of breathing — the way I breathe all the time) is intolerably uncomfortable. (Intolerable, PARTLY because: The emotion around it is fear/claustrophobia.)
It’s what I will call a “ZERO BREATH”: Almost no in-and-out. And short — estimating 2 seconds in, 2 seconds out. But the “amplitude” of the breath-wave is almost zero, so I’m calling this the “zero breath.”
And I’ve only spotted this type of breath (1) at night, and when waking up in the morning — and — (2) when meditating. NOT when I have tried practicing the Breathing lessons in the book and on the CDs (see more below).
At this morning’s practice I decided to ONLY WATCH the breathing, and not to try to either count the breaths OR change them in any way. And that session was perhaps the most peaceful-feeling session I have had so far. BUT: I wasn’t doing the exercise!
I have also started working with Breathing materials — both in the book Opening the Energy Gates of Your Body, and also using the 2-CD set on Breathing.
And, as already mentioned, the “ZERO BREATH” described above, mysteriously, simply doesn’t show up when I work with the breathing lessons! How strange is that ? ? ?
I believe that I can correctly and pretty easily do the first TWO lessons from the book — lying on my back — and am less certain of being able to STILL do them correctly when sitting or standing. I would love to have a human being I could check in with, in the 3-D world, regarding both the breathing and the meditation practice.
NOW, AS A MATTER OF FACT: I find myself in a much better place, than three weeks ago!
But, I’m still scared of my life (or lack of one) — and still scared of what I may see the next time I try to meditate — and — scared of my own bad breathing.
There’s a MEAN thought pattern — plus painful nervous energy — both telling me that I’ve gotten to the point where, in my life and specifically in breathing, and in my inner health situation, I’m now uncorrectable. That it’s downhill from here.
And the Breathing lessons on the CDs are helping me to REALIZE, I can gradually, and slowly, RELEASE those thoughts, and the nervousness, whenever I exhale.
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