effort wrote:i'm sure that a good teacher would be really a big help, but i dont have any right now. calm abiding is a really advanced topic, i just want to know is observing the breath from the mind is meaningful for you or not. it is something like observing both mind and breath or observing the breath from the mind or observing the breath from the eye corner instead of directly watch that.
the problem is when i look at the breath from the mind, i dont know what do i looking at, is that a sound or shadow of physical sensation or imagination of breathing or just merely knowing of breathing?
i want to stop observing physical breath because it is going to be very un-relax, but how about observing the breath from the mind? is that helpful or i just cultivating a feeling of fogy calm?
retrofuturist wrote:Greetings Effort,
Do you perhaps have an anxiety disorder of some variety? Often this can account for such feelings during meditation.
Whilst I don't have one myself, any problems with the breath can cause me concern. I have asthma and sometimes when sleeping (only really at times when my asthma is poorly managed) my airways close up, and I wake up, go bolt upright and try to reopen the airways and suck air in. It's a freaky sound actually trying to inhale lots of air when the airways are still narrow and constricted. It can be scary too... knowing how important breath is in sustaining life! Because of this, I can't snorkel without panicking.
Either way, that's a bit of a diversion but perhaps enough for you to identify some kind mental obstance or hindrance behind this problem.
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