Breath count?

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  • #11216


    What is the best breath count for meditating or does it matter? Dr. Weil in book says 4-7-8; Jack in book and video says 4-2-6.

  • #11228


    tango . . . you may have to find what works best for you at this time. My guess is that it changes over time as our bodies get used to the calming process. Below is one buddhist methodology. It may or may not be helpful. Hopefully it doesn’t confuse more!

    The meditation has four progressive stages leading to a highly enjoyable level of concentration. To start with five minutes per stage is a good period of practice.

    In the first stage you use counting to stay focused on the breath. After the out-breath you count one, then you breathe in and out and count two, and so on up to ten, and then you start again at one.
    In the second stage you subtly shift where you breathe, counting before the in-breath, anticipating the breath that is coming, but still counting from one to ten, and then starting again at one.
    In the third stage you drop the counting and just watch the breath as it comes in and goes out.
    In the final stage the focus of concentration narrows and sharpens, so you pay attention to the subtle sensation on the tip of the nose where the breath first enters and last leaves the body.

  • #11231


    tango, it doesn’t matter.

      8 minute meditation

    by Victor Davich.
    The most amazing little book on meditation. Clear. To the point. practical.
    THE best starting book on the subject. Go. Get it.

  • #11233


    Thanks HapE, I will read it.

  • #11253


    good tango.
    Let me know what you think.
    There are many ways to meditate. A key concept is there is no right way. (smile)
    That book guides you through ten different techniques. When you’re done you’ll naturally find one or two you are most comfortable with.

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