greggorious wrote:When one is focussing on the breath for meditation is it best to focus on the abdomen to make sure you're breathing correctly?
As someone who suffers from anxiety I notice I breath a lot from my chest, and the breaths are often shallow.
I know it's often said one should not try and manipulate the breath during meditation, and just let it rise and fall naturally, but I feel that I am actively taking deeper breaths from the abdomen in order to feel slightly more relaxed.
greggorious wrote:Ok thanks. By the way I've noticed some people put their favourite quotes at the bottom of their messages. How do you do that?
LonesomeYogurt wrote:I would really recommend focusing at the nostrils for Samatha meditation, but there's no reason you can't start with focusing on your abdomen until the breath slows.
Ajahn Brahm wrote: If you locate the breath at the tip of your nose then it becomes “nose awareness,” not
breath awareness, and if you locate it at your abdomen then it becomes
“abdomen awareness.” Just ask yourself right now: “Am I breathing in
or breathing out? How do I know?” There! The experience that tells
you what the breath is doing, that is what you focus on. Let go of the
concern about where this experience is located. Just focus on the expe-
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