How can you do meditation and breath

posted Oct 6, 2009, 2:09 PM by ash ‎(evermindful)‎   [ updated Oct 6, 2009, 2:15 PM ]
Meditation is about developing your mind. There are many forms of meditation. Each form of meditation may use a different primary object of meditation. The primary object of meditation is the object that you apply pure awareness and concentration on. This primary object can be any ever present object that exhibits a well defined process and state changes.

In Insight Meditation (aka Vipassana) or Mindfulness Meditation, the primary object of meditation is the breath.

When you meditate on the breath you are observing the nature and characteristics of each inhalation, exhalation and the transitions between. You are not trying to regulate the breath. You observe a natural breathing process and wordlessly noting start, end, long, pause, smooth, fast, etc.

Keep in mind that experiencing the breath by itself will not lead to enlightenment. When you meditate on the breath you will experience problems and distractions. At that moment your mind will wonder away from the breath. The breath is simply the base from which you orbit the co-ordinates of your ego. The breath is the ever present pulsating beacon of the present moment. You journey into your conflicts, your pain, your defilements. You note those conditions, those ideals that support and glorify your ego. You note that those ideals and conditions only lead to more pain and suffering. You then gently return back to the present and follow the breath.

These round trip explorations are how you learn to know your mind. Through repeated trips and the realization of cause and effect nature of the ego, you begin to shape your mind.

After enough trips and deeply experiencing the fluidity of all things, you will eventually free your mind.