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Breathing and your mind
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Quote:Wouldn't you say that thinking has to be of some value? Like, I guess we could be totally present almost all the time, but then our life would be completely different and there would less planning and structure, more animalistic. I feel like some thinking is useful, but that each person needs to learn when to put a cap on their thoughts, at the point when they become more of a hindrance than a help.

During breathing meditation, my intension is to not get caught in any thoughts no matter how useful or important or insightful they seem. It is challenging for sure because when we slow down, are thoughts are clearer and penetrate more deeply into the nature of things. But I just go "Oh, here is more thought" and refocus on the breath, knowing that my understanding of myself will continue to grow in tandem with my meditation practice. The point of mindful breathing is to become more anchored in your body and identify less with your thoughts. The better we get at not letting thoughts carry us away from being in the moment the better out ability to relax and understand (deeply) what it means to use our mind and eyes properly. Fishing for really insightful thoughts while mindfully breathing will not advance us towards this understanding but hinder us and keep us venerating thought.

Of course thought and left-brained activity is useful and necessary but as myopes it has too often become our master.

Quote:I can tell if I let that thought go too far to the point of it no longer being of much benefit. I think there is a lot of merit in thinking, and that it can be very useful, but that it should be kept under control and silenced when WE want it to stop, or when we want to move on to something else. Moving on to another thought or back to present moment, for me at least, is a great feeling of letting go at the appropriate time and it seems to be very correlated with feeling when to shift your gaze at the appropriate time.

Yes, the feeling is kind of correlated, the letting go and moving on, not getting fixated. Careful not to see your thoughts as something to be forcefully "kept under control" or "silenced". That which you resist, persists. Simply redirect attention to breath. It's like standing in a waterfall but you find a pocket where there is no water crashing down so you stand there out of the deluge. You can't silence the water around you but you are not affected by it because you have found the spot, your breath.
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Breathing and your mind - by David - 09-16-2011, 07:59 PM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by David - 09-17-2011, 12:33 AM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by DaniFixe - 09-17-2011, 03:42 AM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by Nancy - 09-17-2011, 06:44 AM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by sean - 09-21-2011, 06:58 AM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by David - 09-21-2011, 09:44 AM
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Re: Breathing and your mind - by otto - 09-26-2011, 07:17 AM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by Nancy - 09-27-2011, 08:15 AM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by David - 09-27-2011, 10:56 AM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by otto - 09-28-2011, 10:09 AM
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