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Breathing and your mind
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Overcoming the idea that I'm not accomplishing anything if I'm not thinking, letting go of the desire to come up with thoughts, even if they seem nice or useful or intuitive.

I think, maybe there can be a time for that type of meditation, where one is looking for an answer to a certain question, or trying to visualize or be creative. Would you say that more value, though, can be gained when the breath meditation is solely focused on attention to the breath? If I may ask, how long have you been able to stay pretty much attended to the breath, or not getting caught up/identified/pulled in by your thoughts?

Getting a bit personal here, I remember when I was a lot younger I started to develop a bit of OCD toward compulsive thinking, and I would have trouble letting go of thoughts for fear of not being able to remember them later on. I still sense this mildly in me, somewhere deep down. When I am doing this type of present moment attention meditations, I become more aware of the moment when I really want to hang on beyond what is necessary, and I am better able to just let it go. It is a slight feeling of loss, like losing something valuable to me, but it is more so a great feeling of relief. Letting go during these moments seems natural, and in that moment, I am able to really understand the idea of effortlessness. It is effortful to hang on to the thought any longer, and it is effortless to let it go and see what comes up next.
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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
Re: Breathing and your mind - by fuoco - 09-24-2011, 05:32 AM
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
Re: Breathing and your mind - by otto - 09-28-2011, 10:13 AM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by seetheleaves - 09-29-2011, 03:07 AM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by Nancy - 09-29-2011, 09:04 AM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by ted - 10-17-2012, 09:09 AM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by otto - 10-17-2012, 10:28 AM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by ted - 10-22-2012, 11:14 PM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by David - 10-23-2012, 08:36 PM
Re: Breathing and your mind - by wilmanelson76 - 11-09-2012, 01:00 AM