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 Post subject: Shallow breathing
PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 6:54 pm 
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Has anybody ever had trouble with their breathing becoming shallow as their meditation begins to deepen? I'm not sure how to explain it, except that I feel that I'm not getting enough air per breath.. and actively focusing on taking bigger breaths is distracting.

I have been looking up how to breath during meditation and I'm not sure how to make your body naturally breath differently than it does.. it's an automatic function isn't it? I have started practicing "Diaphragmatic breathing", but it doesn't happen automatically.. I have to make a conscious effort to breath this way and there seems to be a certain point where my meditation can't progress any further because of my breathing, is that makes sense to anyone.

I am actually a cigarette smoker and I know this may be the actual cause.. I know I need to quit.. but is it possible to practice deeper meditation while a smoker?

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 Post subject: Re: Shallow breathing
PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 7:32 pm 
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It might be the smokes. I find a number of things help.

Try to avoid smoking on automatic. A lot of cigarettes get smoked when you don't even want one really.
Use the stairs instead of the elevator.
Do a little hiking on the weekends.
Don't have 4 in an hour and then try to meditate.
Get the hara moving correctly as you breathe.
Be sure your sitting position isn't collapsing.
Keep one eye on allergens.

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 Post subject: Re: Shallow breathing
PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 7:59 pm 
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Hi ghost1,

Check out this thread.

I also experience moments of shallow breathing or even moments where I stop breathing during meditation. I keep my focus on the object of meditation and trust that my body will take care of itself.

Also, have you ever thought of switching to e-cigarettes? I know many smokers who have successfully quit smoking by using e-cigarettes. Volcano is a local company that has gotten many people where I live to quit smoking and they have locations all over the US.

Hope this helps.


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 Post subject: Re: Shallow breathing
PostPosted: Fri Feb 10, 2012 8:11 pm 
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Thanks catmoon,

I am a fairly heavy smoker. I will try cutting way back and see how much improvement there is. As far as exercise goes I really should be doing more of that anyway, haha .. but I can definitely see that helping.

I have not done much work on my sitting position or posture, I'll look into that too.

dhamma,

I have used them in the past.. unfortunately ecigarettes tend to increase my nicotine habit. (It's hard to determine just how much nicotine you are absorbing with them), but I have successfully quit in the past for a few months. I just need to do it again. :tantrum:

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I keep my focus on the object of meditation and trust that my body will take care of itself.


I have began using my breath as my focus during meditation, it seems the best method for me..but at a certain point, as my breathing starts to become more automatic -I find the lack of oxygen interrupts my concentration.. and then it repeats this sort of cycle, and I can't seem to move deeper because of the interruption.

I will check out your link,

thanks to both of you. :smile:

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