Coyote wrote:While meditating a couple of days ago, I got the point where my breathing had become very shallow and quiet, almost to the point that I could not feel it anymore. The problem was that although my breathing was not forced this way, I still felt the need to breathe deeper than I was at the time. After a while of feeling like this, I had to take a deep gasp which broke my concentration. It was like I had been forcing myself to breathe shallow or been holding my breath, yet the breathing was shallow on its own. Any idea why this was or what I can do in the future?
I've been concentrating on uni exams for the past few weeks, so I have been away from Dhamma Wheel.
I am currently reading Ajahn Chah's' book, "Food for the Heart", and in it he mentions that the meditator can come to a state where the breathing stops all together, and that one is actually breathing through the pores of the skin and through the eyes ect. I am sure Thanissaro Bhikkhu mentioned this in a talk as well. Is this really possible? If so, how does it work physiologically, or is it some kind of supramundane state or effect?
Mahasatipatthana Sutta wrote:and they start by setting mindfulness all around the entrance of air,
so they are only conscious of breathing in and of breathing out.
So breathing in long, clearly know “(I am taking a) long in breath,”
breathing out long, you clearly know “(I am taking a) long out breath;”
breathing in short, you clearly know “(I am taking a) short in breath,”
breathing out short, you clearly know “(I am taking a) short out breath.”
You should train yourselves experiencing (becoming sensitive to) the whole body with the in -breath,
you should train yourselves experiencing (becoming sensitive to) the whole body with the out -breath;
you should train yourselves calming the body fabrications on the in breath,
you should train yourselves calming the body fabrications on the out breath.
DarwidHalim wrote:Coyote wrote:Hi,
Once your breathing starts to disappear or unnoticeable, don't look for breathing anymore.
It is time for you to go to the next step, which is Vipassana.
Use that calmess and stability of your mind to see through your body, mind, etc., as suggested in Satipatthana Sutta.
http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
Or following other Vipassana technique as suggested by whatever methods you follow, such as Goenka or whoever Sayadaw, etc.
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