Pulse Interference Question

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Pulse Interference Question

Postby Heaviside » Thu Mar 21, 2013 6:31 pm

While practicing breath awareness I frequently notice what seems to me to be a rather strange thing: as I breathe out, I begin to notice my pulse---to such an extent that my exhalation seems "jerky," rather than smooth, as it should be.

I have a wall clock in the room where I meditate that has a fairly loud (though not annoying) tick. The odd thing is that my pulse and the clock become synchronized, and this odd occurrence is highly distracting.

I can, of course, remove the clock to avoid the second problem. But can anyone suggest how to solve the first?

Many thanks for any suggestions.
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Re: Pulse Interference Question

Postby Mojo » Thu Mar 21, 2013 7:16 pm

You feel your pulse while breathing? Is it a constant awareness or something that pops up only when it is irregular? Are you feeling the pulse in your lungs?
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Re: Pulse Interference Question

Postby Coyote » Thu Mar 21, 2013 7:37 pm

Just move your awareness back your meditation object. It's only a distraction because you make it so - in fact, it may be a sign of and calm mind a body.
I do meditation on the abdomen mahasi style, it's just the object that comes most naturally to me. I felt for some time that unless the abdomen was going in a smooth motion where the belly was going in and out it was going wrong. It annoyed me, a lot. To the point where when the abdomen got to the point of near disappearance I would get frustrated because I would then have nothing clear to focus on. Fixing posture helped, but ultimatly you have to realise there isn't a right or wrong way to breathe. Mindfulness in all states is what matters, as well as keeping well away from restless or distracted mind-states.
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Re: Pulse Interference Question

Postby Heaviside » Fri Mar 22, 2013 12:18 am

I feel the pulse in my abdomen, arms, neck, and head; that is, essentially everywhere. As Coyote says, I can treat it as a distraction---but the problem is doing so effectively. Am I correct in thinking that you are suggesting that if this phenomenon imposes itself I should just try to let it go and return to te breath? If so, that is easier said than done. I, too, am using the Mahasi method.
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Re: Pulse Interference Question

Postby Mojo » Fri Mar 22, 2013 12:37 am

I dunno. How's your blood pressure?
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Re: Pulse Interference Question

Postby Heaviside » Fri Mar 22, 2013 3:36 pm

Mojo wrote:I dunno. How's your blood pressure?


Good point! Borderline high. That's probably the problem.
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