The pauses, the transitions are the connectors

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Want to decrease the chances thoughts interrupt your meditation/mindfulness practice?
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Focus intently on the pauses!
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After the inhale feel the length, the duration of your pause.
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Treat it like a refrain in a song.
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After the exhale, repeat the same refrain, the same number of notes, a timed, exact duplicate.
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If we focus on using our pauses to connect the end of the inhale to the beginning of the exhale and the end of the exhale with the beginning of the inhale, thoughts will lose their opportunity to disrupt our sits.
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The breath becomes a continuum.
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Our goal is to focus intently on the breath, allowing the mind to empty.
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Our practice deepens as we increase the duration (time) our mind is empty.
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Throw out everything else and focus on the pauses.
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3 responses to this post.

  1. excellent- will try that later. just like life I guess, right? a continuum and what happens between all the BIG events is really the pauses that make up our life. mindful breathing is such a great way to re-center – anywhere. thanks for the help with my own practice, enjoy your peace. mikey

  2. The inhale starts at the right bottom corner, the blue arrows. Be inside your nostrils when you breathe (inhale and exhale) and anticipate the pause.

    Know the pauses connect the breath, make it a continuum.

    Later add listening, listen for the sound the inhale and exhale make. Notice how the body is at complete rest during the pauses.

    Slow the breath and finally be the breath.

  3. Posted by barbaramarincel on February 4, 2016 at 2:37 am

    Very helpful explanation…thanks

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