Counting breath is a very easy and effective way to start meditation training, as one can do it anytime and anywhere. 1) When you wake up in the morning, before getting out of bed, bring your attention to your breathing. 2) Use any sound as your cue to starting a slow belly breathing (phone ringing, bird singing, train passing, a car, laughter).
5)  While waiting in line or waiting for your turn, use this time to count your breathing, Turn all your waiting time into rest time, recharging time, or slow breathing time.
6)  Be aware of any points of tightness in your body throughout the day.  See if you can apply relaxation by breathing into them – As you inhale, notice the tightness of the body, and as you exhale, let go of the excess tension – repeat it 3 to 5 times or until you feel relaxed. 7)  Before you go to sleep at night, take a minute to bring your attention to your breathing.  Observe six slow belly breaths (or count as far as you can reach).
8.) If you have difficulty falling asleep, take out the MP4 player, and start the breathing or meditation instruction. If you have had difficulty starting your meditation, or getting into the deep meditation state, you may try these methods in your daily practice.  You could soon become a master meditator before you notice it. This entry was posted in Method of Improving Meditation and tagged counting breath, Kevin Chen, meditation, meditation training, Qigong. These are made from an alloy of bronze, zinc, iron and have a clear delightful and mind-clearing tone. But honestly antique tingshas may have lost their tonal quality and matching synchronous tones after years of use. If we try to stay with being with things as they are, if we try to stay present and aware, sometimes the mind calms down. The Buddha’s experience was the final end point of everything in his lifetime(s) that preceded it — his meditative practice, his ethical development, his philosophical understanding. This isn’t to say you won’t have profound experiences during deep meditation or on prolonged retreats. Roshi’s words resonated because I’d recently completed a teleconferenced Dharma course offered through an on-line organization. Often the number one thing getting in the way of meditation practice is our idea about how our meditation practice should be going. The Pali Canon speaks of five hindrances (panca nivara?ani) or obstructions during meditation: sense desire (kamacchanda), ill-will (byapada), sloth and torpor (thina-midda), restlessness and remorse (uddhacca-kukkucca), and doubt (vivikiccha).
Ill-will includes resentments from the day that carry over into our practice as well as anger arising from emerging memories of past hurts. Sloth and torpor refer to mental states of dullness, boredom, sleepiness, and lack of alertness.
If we keep drifting off into dreamy mental states, can we watch the process of beginning to nod off again and again, and invest energy in observing the process? If these “hindrances” persist, if we remain “caught,” if we are the victims of a “multiple hindrance attack,” can we stay with this process without getting discouraged or disturbed?
It’s said that when we practice meditation we are actually practicing three separate skills: 1) staying with the object of meditation, 2) recognizing when we’ve drifted off, and 3) returning to the object without fuss or judgment.
The poet William Blake wrote in the Marriage of Heaven and Hell that “if the fool would persist in his folly he would become wise.” Keep watching your mind just as it is. Why practice either piano or meditation despite the fact that I’ll never advance beyond amateur status? So it was with great interest that I read a recent scientific study suggesting that even very modest meditation experience can make measurable changes in the brain. The study is called “Short-term Meditation Induces White Matter Changes in the Anterior Cingulate,” and it will appear shortly in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Science.


In this study, forty-five college students received a mere 11 hours of training in what the authors called “integrative mind-body training,” or IMBT. After the college students received the 11 hours of training, the researchers performed a type of brain imaging scan called Diffusion Tensor Imaging to examine the anterior cingulate cortex (ACC) of their brains.
So, fellow amateurs, keep up with your meditation practice, even if your practice is not perfect. Still, for those of us who love and respect hard science, its nice to see science “validate” what we already know from our own introspection.
As you sit down to meditate, the first things you may notice are sensations, sounds, and  thoughts. These thoughts generate and maintain a series of corresponding emotional states: irritation, boredom, frustration, worry, and so on.
All of these thoughts and their ensuing emotional states are mental objects we can attend to, just as we can attend to the itch on our face, the sound of the boom box, or the feel of our breath. Cravings and impulses are transient mind states that pass on their own if we do nothing to satisfy them.
Learning to be mindful of mental states that lead to harmful behavior and the thoughts that generate and maintain them is a first step towards liberation. We rediscover our bodies in meditation.  It’s as if a previously silent realm has begun to speak. The brain normally privileges vision and hearing and assigns a lesser priority to somatic sensations (unless they are quite strong) arising from the body.  The brain also prioritizes sensations and perceptions that are socially relevant, or that pertain to either our safety or successfully attaining our goals. The best way to understand the mind is not by reading about it, but by observing it directly.  Doing so means making a space in one’s life to take the time for observation. 3) Memory – Remembering facts about birds, images of birds, past memories of having heard birds, etc. This process of one sensation setting off a volley of subsequent processes (which in turn sets off a new set of subsequent processes) is called mental proliferation.  Proliferation is the normal state of the human mind.
It appeared in Chinese literature as early as the Eastern Han Dynasty (25—220AD), when Buddhism was introduced to China.
Try to slow your breath to the rhythm of walking — 4-6 steps inhale, and 6-8 steps exhale – it may become automatic after some practice. Try to do slow belly breathing and direct your attention to either your abdomen or the bottom of your feet.
Even if it does not put you to sleep quickly, a high-quality breath counting or meditation will let your body and mind rest similar to when you are asleep. It not only helped them cope with stress, anxiety, and craving when it was most needed, but also trained their attention to the mind-body connection.
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By “somewhere else” they mean their fantasy of whatever-it-was the Buddha experienced at the moment of his Enlightenment.
Our experience is the end product of everything leading up to this moment in our lives — our virtues and vices, our sleep patterns and eating habits, our discipline and skill, the quality of our relationships and our health. The ACC is responsible for monitoring and resolving conflict among competing response tendencies. We limit incoming visual and auditory sensation and suspend (or at least try to!) goal-directed striving. We become aware of feelings of warmth and tingling in our limbs, aware of our pulse and the circulation of our blood.  All of these sensations compete for our attention in an ever-changing kaleidoscopic cacophony.  How is it possible that we didn’t even notice this world before, except when we were ill or in pain? We’ve caught ourselves in the act of being ourselves once again!  We begin to appreciate that this is who we are and will seemingly always be.  We cannot transform ourselves into another kind of being.


One moment we are observing our minds, and the next moment we are off in a daydream, the intent to observe all but lost.  It can be a bit alarming to see how hard it is to keep the mind on track. The famous Buddhist classic The Wisdom and Contemplation Sutra or An Ban Shou Yi Jing in Chinese (?????)[1], discussed prolonged and intense contemplation, which played an essential role in cultivating oneself in Buddhism. In addition, I instruct them to make slow belly breathing a habit, to do it whenever possible, and to track how long they can practice each time without interruption. This got them mentally ready for next step of meditation training,  Eighty percent of participants in my study were able to move from counting breath to meditation in 2 weeks, and continued meditating 5 days or more a week (15 to 25 minutes each day).
Heart rate variability biofeedback as a method for assessing baroreflex function: a preliminary study of resonance in the cardiovascular system. Treating hypertension with a device that slows and regularizes breathing: a randomised, double blind controlled study. His head is filled with thoughts of the upcoming Thanksgiving holiday — the family he has not seen for ages, the tasks remaining to be done. Sometimes the energies that are roiling the mind are too intense to be conquered by our weak intention to be present. If with an impure mind a person speaks or acts suffering follows him like the wheel that follows the foot of the ox. Neglected streams of information blossom into awareness.  For many first-time meditators, listening to the body can come as a revelation.
Try lengthening your exhalation; this may help you relax better since your heart rate slows down when you breathe out.
American Heart Journal of Physiology, 253, (Heart and Circulatory Physiology, 22) H680-H689.
227-248 in PM Lehrer and RL Woolfolk (eds.) Principals and Practice of Stress Management, (Third Edition). Respiratory sinus arrhythmia biofeedback therapy for asthma: a report of 20 unmedicated pediatric cases using the smetankin method. The goal is not the elimination of these thoughts and emotions, but developing our capacity to observe them in a kind and interested way. The only thing that’s clear is “just do it.” Whether the sitting is “good” or “bad,” just do it. Tingsha are very thick and produce a unique long ringing tone."Are the tingshas we sell incredibly rare religious ritualistic artifacts of antiquity?Nope. We are not the masters of our own house, and learning to work skillfully with the energies at play is the work of a lifetime.
But this whole idea of “getting better” is part of the problem, the endless self-improvement and self-manipulation game.
I tell William to lighten up, that getting lost and returning is the very heart of Zen practice. I tell Matthew that his passionate anger is understandable, but can he sit with it and see what it is doing inside of him? The world is, at times, a violent and terrible place, and we are only one drop of water in this storm-tossed sea. Can we see what’s possible for us to accomplish as this one drop — committed, firm and resolute — but without grandiose aspirations to omnipotently control the ocean?



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