Meditation when one has a cold

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Laurens
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Meditation when one has a cold

Postby Laurens » Fri Jan 08, 2010 7:00 pm

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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Re: Meditation when one has a cold

Postby Cittasanto » Fri Jan 08, 2010 7:40 pm

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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Re: Meditation when one has a cold

Postby bodom » Fri Jan 08, 2010 7:55 pm

Walking meditation or focus on abdomen while sitting.

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Re: Meditation when one has a cold

Postby seanpdx » Fri Jan 08, 2010 9:09 pm

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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