gaps in between the breath

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What should I focus on in between the breaths while there is a pause?
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identification wrote:What should I focus on in between the breaths while there is a pause?
focus on the pause - if you're focusing on the nose, feel how the nose feels when the breath is still. If you're focusing somewhere in the body, notice if the pause has a tense feeling, or a feeling of relaxation.

There are sure to be other good ways to treat a pause, the above are just those that come to mind first.
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Reductor wrote:
identification wrote:What should I focus on in between the breaths while there is a pause?
focus on the pause - if you're focusing on the nose, feel how the nose feels when the breath is still. If you're focusing somewhere in the body, notice if the pause has a tense feeling, or a feeling of relaxation.

There are sure to be other good ways to treat a pause, the above are just those that come to mind first.
I would say: Do not focus on the pause. "Focus" sounds a bit forced. Simply pay attention, lightly, easily to the pause and to the in and out of the breath.
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Reductor wrote:
identification wrote:What should I focus on in between the breaths while there is a pause?
focus on the pause - if you're focusing on the nose, feel how the nose feels when the breath is still. If you're focusing somewhere in the body, notice if the pause has a tense feeling, or a feeling of relaxation.

There are sure to be other good ways to treat a pause, the above are just those that come to mind first.
Focus on the pause meaning to focus on the nothingness that's there?
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identification wrote:What should I focus on in between the breaths while there is a pause?
You should be focusing on the process of breathing, the changing nature of breathing. Pauses are just as much a part of the process and of the changing nature, so there should be no need to ask the question. It really doesn't matter what the mind attends to as long as awareness is as continuous as possible.
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tiltbillings wrote:
Reductor wrote:
identification wrote:What should I focus on in between the breaths while there is a pause?
focus on the pause - if you're focusing on the nose, feel how the nose feels when the breath is still. If you're focusing somewhere in the body, notice if the pause has a tense feeling, or a feeling of relaxation.

There are sure to be other good ways to treat a pause, the above are just those that come to mind first.
I would say: Do not focus on the pause. "Focus" sounds a bit forced. Simply pay attention, lightly, easily to the pause and to the in and out of the breath.
Yes, you're right: focus is the wrong word. Just know that there is a pause and what it is like. Don't let yourself treat pauses, and the other littler bits of the breathing process, as unworthy of your attention.
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identification wrote:
Reductor wrote:
identification wrote:What should I focus on in between the breaths while there is a pause?
focus on the pause - if you're focusing on the nose, feel how the nose feels when the breath is still. If you're focusing somewhere in the body, notice if the pause has a tense feeling, or a feeling of relaxation.

There are sure to be other good ways to treat a pause, the above are just those that come to mind first.
Focus on the pause meaning to focus on the nothingness that's there?
Be alert if there seems to be nothing. Then you'll see that the sense of nothing will cease and you'll feel something on the inhalation or exhalation - or you'll become aware yet another part of the breathing experience.
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