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Breathing and your mind
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ted Wrote: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?

I haven't really worked at a 100% quiet mind for a long length of time. What I have done is become better at noticing thoughts as they come up. The important thing for me is to notice where my thoughts are coming from. Are they coming directly from my conscious mind for a specific purpose in what I'm doing right now, or are they coming from somewhere else? If somewhere else, is it intuition that is proving to be useful, or is it something else? If it's still something else, then you start to question what the nature of the thoughts are, and the possibilities are all disconcerting.

So as far as vision improvement, it's a way to help you stay focused on what you're doing and not get distracted, but the same could be said for anything you want to accomplish. And I think it may be a bit too much of a sidetrack to try to focus on 100% staying in the moment. That's a really big change.

Another thing to look at is the brainwave states alpha and theta and how your thoughts differ in them. I frequently have thoughts in what I presume to be theta that I try to stay focused on while coming back into beta, with varying levels of comprehension by the time I'm back solidly into beta in a few seconds. It also changes your idea of what it means to focus, if focusing in theta means to stay in theta and not go to beta to do what you have learned is the right way to focus.
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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