genkaku wrote:I imagine that you have to breathe even when you're sick. If you weren't breathing, you'd be dead and how could you possibly know you were sick?
I'm wondering if breathing meditation alone is good, particularly for beginners who need to gain strength (the 5 Balas), any views/experiences?
sraddha wrote:What happens if you get sick though?
I know when I had the flu or sore throat pain, breathing meditation became tough -- even painful. Do you guys break practice or just do it very lightly?
genkaku wrote:I don't know much about the long names, but I favor the breath. It is intimate and inescapable and without it all the long names would disappear in a nanosecond. Since what is sought is intimate and inescapable, the breath is a good point of focus. There is no way to lie about or be wise about the breath.
Counting exhalations from one to ten and then beginning again is good in the beginning. It offers a good framework. Once some grounding arises, perhaps the counting drifts away.
I am not trying to make an exclusive case. Anything can, with attention, take someone home. But breath is a no-frills approach ... which may be one reason that other practices are useful: We all like our frills, I imagine.
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