I've been trying to practice vipassana with my breath focused at the nostrils, and I've had some success with this. But the winter stuffs my nose up from time to time, and I can't stick with the abdomen. Can vipassana meditation still bring great success if the object is not a touch point within the breath?
I understand there are 40 suggested objects, but I like the idea of using sense doors. I followed along with one of Joseph Goldstein's 40 min guided meditations for insight, and after recommending a few deep breaths he said to become aware of sounds, loud and subtle. He later got into the breathe as well, kinda mentioning to focus on both. Most importantly for me, he mentioned if focusing on the breath becomes difficult, just go back to the sounds, the beginning point. I kept my awareness on sounds for most of this sit, and a bit on the breath but I came out of the meditation feeling calm. I think I made some progress.
From this experience, does it make sense that I could make comparable progress in insight meditation using my hearing instead of the breath? Keep in mind music has always come naturally to me, maybe I'm just more attuned to using this "ear-consciousness." Or maybe I'm giving up too easily on the breath?
I also understand that after stabilizing awareness on the sound (whenever that happens
) I could expand awareness to include the breath at the nostrils.
Any suggestions would be great, and also if anyone knows any sort of manual for sound meditation that would be lovely too!