kevinl wrote:I have talked to a teacher in person about this, and he just told me the samething as the frist time I met with him. "Concentrate on your breathing."
Quite frankly, I was looking for a little more instruction then that.
That sort of answer, and your reaction to it are not uncommon.
Sometimes, most times, our teachers give instruction that's needed
and not one we want
. We think there is some deep, profound, and inrticate instuction that should be forthcoming, but it often seems that our teachers feel the oposite - that the instruction needed is something far more simple and direct. In my experience, it's those instructions are the ones that we need and not something more involved. I Ialso found that these instructions are what should be followed.
Your teacher is quite right. The instruction is for you to "Concentrate on your breathing." That is exactly what you should be doing. Instead of all the analysis and worry, just breathe. Forget about about how you feel. Forget about what you have or haven't attained - just follow the instruction.
You metioned "surpressing" thought. That is the wrong approach. Ask your teacher. He'll agree. The essential point is to realize that you can't really "surpress" thought. It's impossible in the early stages of learning practice. Also, keep in mind that your teacher's instruction is to concentrate on your breathing. That instruction includes nothing about supressing anything. Supressing thought is not the same thing as concentrating on your breathing.
So, follow your teacher's instruction. Concentrate on your breathing.