A place to share and discuss the practice of Zen Buddhism without teachers. Debates about whether practicing without teachers is possible or desirable are not appropriate here, nor are criticisms of Zen Buddhist practice with teachers.
A place to share and discuss the practice of Zen Buddhism without teachers. Debates about whether practising without teachers is possible or desirable are not appropriate here, nor are criticisms of Zen Buddhist practice with teachers.
I never counted or "followed" the breath, there is no notion of breath, just breathing.
Mijn Oude Vriend uit de woestijn begrijpt geen Nederlands. <3
I use the breath-counting & also anticipate the exhalation. I think it's just something that happens. Maybe through practice we can begin to notice the way(s) we anticipate the future of the cushion also.
I've found this video by Meido to be very helpful - https://vimeo.com/33893739.
In particular, his instructions on the placement/use/ functioning of the eye may be of value based on what you've described. I've found that when I follow these instructions precisely: relaxing the eyes & maintaining a 180 degree field of vision, my sense of anticipation drops & I become more settled in the breathing.
I just noticed, in my own practice, just how powerful this adjustment can be in terms of relaxing and opening up the body/mind.
In any case, my experience as been, in continuing to practice, the breathing & the mental activity become smoother/more stable, & this anticipation is diminished. So the main thing, maybe, is to continue with practice.
"One does not discover new lands without consenting to lose sight of the shore for a very long time." -Andrè Gide
Very good, Jessica. Many thanks for your input and for the link. That is exactly the sort of practical advice or suggestion/s that I want and need. You have been most helpful.
Well, yes, Joe, if one is sincere in one's practice one will take whatever measures necessary to make progress. However, I have family commitments and we have to eat, so naturally there are demands on my time, which is at present limited.
Of course, and in that matrix, you are the one who has to be creative, and to "mollify" (etc.) those who may think your motives to practice are not for ...The Greater Good. Eating is not as fulfilling as being fulfilled. Nobody starves, in this biz.
Well, not me and my cats, so far. Nor my ex-es.
Careful! Yessir. Always. Careful,
(that is our Practice),
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