Hello, Jetavana and other interested friends -
I got the feeling that you were talking about the first tetrad of the anapanasati of the Anapanasati Sutta [MN 118].
If one reads carefully the Anapana Sutta, it repeats and repeats the mindful of the short breath or mindful of the long breath etc. It has never mentioned one to deviate to calmness and lost focus point on breath.
However, out of 100 meditators, 100 do deviate from the Sutta, to refined breath with calmness, and attached to blissfullness. This inhibits one's progress on meditation.
Reason : Almost everyone will tend to get more calmness as one concentrate on the breath, thus when the breath is too refine, that one thought one has no more breath, thus loosing the focal point on breath. The stillness is a deviation from the Sutta.
One should condition the breath in a tempo that one could always and all the time, could focus its breath in and out and the shortness or longness of each breath. This is the essence of Anapansatti.
Dhamma_spoon: In the second tetrad the focus shifts to feeling (vedana), the third tetrad it shifts to mind state(citta), and the fourth to mental phenomena(dhamma).http://www.accesstoinsight.org/tipitaka ... .than.html
P.S. The pot-stirring symbol means Dhamma_spoon is stirring the Dhamma pot, yet he knows nothing about the Dhamma.
It does not mean I am looking for troubles.