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Anapanasati Help - First day meditating.

General discussion of issues related to Theravada Meditation, e.g. meditation postures, developing a regular sitting practice, skillfully relating to difficulties and hindrances, etc.
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Anapanasati Help - First day meditating.

Postby indian_buddhist » Sat May 03, 2014 7:05 am

Today was my first day of Anapanasati Meditation. I sat down and started focusing on my breadth. Sure enough within 10 minutes of focusing I lost focus on the breadth. My mind drifted and I had a feeling of me walking deeper and deeper into my own mind - something like cutting across layer by layer by a knife and going deeper.........Then I saw a dull orange atom like element.

How to bring focus back to the breadth and stop allowing the mind to drift away?.
Identification with my country is one of my fetters.

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Re: Anapanasati Help - First day meditating.

Postby cooran » Sat May 03, 2014 7:21 am

This article may be of assistance:

Anapanasati - Meditation on Breathing
http://www.vipassana.com/meditation/ana ... athing.php

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Re: Anapanasati Help - First day meditating.

Postby Reductor » Sat May 03, 2014 7:58 am

It helps to know what instructions you're using.

I suspect you're mind is becoming dull and is sinking into inactivity, so my first thought would be to stay loose, not over focus - don't focus HARD on one thing, trying to keep everything but the breath OUT, just relax and come back to the breath when you realize something has lured you away with the promise of gratification (some dream like thought or image - hazy and enjoyable). If necessary, open your eyes and take three or four DEEP breaths and begin again. Maybe lift your arms and stretch them out, wiggle your fingers, too.

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Re: Anapanasati Help - First day meditating.

Postby indian_buddhist » Sat May 03, 2014 8:18 am

Identification with my country is one of my fetters.

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Re: Anapanasati Help - First day meditating.

Postby indian_buddhist » Sat May 03, 2014 11:55 am

Identification with my country is one of my fetters.

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Re: Anapanasati Help - First day meditating.

Postby indian_buddhist » Sat May 03, 2014 1:05 pm

Identification with my country is one of my fetters.

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Re: Anapanasati Help - First day meditating.

Postby santa100 » Sat May 03, 2014 3:55 pm

Try the counting method from 1 to 10 and then start again from 1 to 10, 1 to 10, etc. So with a focus on either the tip of the nose or the upper lip, increment the count to each pair of in-breath and out-breath..

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Re: Anapanasati Help - First day meditating.

Postby m0rl0ck » Sun May 04, 2014 12:33 am

I knew a teacher that when teaching beginners meditation said that it consisted of two steps.

Step one, stay on your object of concentration.

Step two, return to your object of concentration.

He said as long as you are doing those two steps (Stay and Return) you are doing it "right". So it sounds to me like you are doing ok. :)
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