General discussion of issues related to Theravada Meditation, e.g. meditation postures, developing a regular sitting practice, skillfully relating to difficulties and hindrances, etc.
Currently I have a bunged up nose, which makes breathing through my nose difficult at best, and at worst impossible.
What do you advise? Change in technique? Lay off meditation for a while? Or what?
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change the point of focus, breath through your mouth or use another area, maybe change the posture to a walking one.
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Walking meditation or focus on abdomen while sitting.
The heart of the path is SO simple. No need for long explanations. Give up clinging to love and hate, just rest with things as they are. That is all I do in my own practice. Do not try to become anything. Do not make yourself into anything. Do not be a meditator. Do not become enlightened. When you sit, let it be. When you walk, let it be. Grasp at nothing. Resist nothing. Of course, there are dozens of meditation techniques to develop samadhi and many kinds of vipassana. But it all comes back to this - just let it all be. Step over here where it is cool, out of the battle. - Ajahn Chah
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I second Manapa. Try breathing through the mouth, and using the mouth as the focal point of attention instead of the nose.
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