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Tuesday, January 5, 2010: Meditation on breath

             The Buddhists have several meditations that focus on breath.  One uses the inhalation to bring in light, goodness, health, purity, spiritual love or some similar image. On the exhalation, one pictures a black cloud of impurities leaving the body. The practitioner continues the breath in and out until the black cloud becomes thin or disappears completely. This meditation works especially well with negative emotions, but its use is limited only by one’s imagination.

            Yesterday I had a sinus headache, probably due to a passing storm front. The forehead pain reminded me that I had not focused much on the Ajna-center (third eye) lately.  

               I realize there are some people who feel any discomfort or problem with the physical body correlates with a problem in one’s inner development.  If your eye hurts or becomes infected, it signals that you are afraid of looking at an unpleasant truth in your life. If your back hurts it signals that deep down, you feel like someone has stabbed you in the back, or you feel your back is up against the wall.  I’m not going to unconditionally vouch for this concept, though looking for correlations may bring some deep-seated issues to our attention that might have been ignored otherwise.

               In this case, I did not blame the sinus congestion on my forehead chakra being blocked up. The discomfort simply became a great excuse to return to this meditative technique.

            Pulling in or absorbing energy and then releasing it again is not just confined to the physical breath. I focused on opening the third eye and pulling positive energy directly into the forehead chakra, then releasing tension, stress and emotional blocks. This did not remove the sinus pressure, though it did create a different relationship with the discomfort. 

            For me, it was simply a great exercise in focusing my attention within other areas of my body. Though I knew I was physically breathing in and out through the lungs, in my meditation I felt the inflow and outflow only through the third eye.

            We get used to lining up our awareness with our physical bodies.  We assume thoughts originate in the brain. Our image of ‘self’ becomes tied to our body. 

               Any number of meditations can be used to expand our awareness.  I believe in being creative during meditations and making them work for you.  If you are using a tried and true meditative technique and feel you are not getting making any progress, take time to experiment.  Meditation should be a key that unlocks new potentials.  I had forgotten the delight that comes from taking that key and checking out new doors.

Posted on Tuesday, January 5, 2010 at 07:00AM by Registered CommenterThe Skeptical Mystic | Comments3 Comments

Reader Comments (3)

Your blog keeps getting better and better! Your older articles are not as good as newer ones you have a lot more creativity and originality now. Keep it up!
And according to this article, I tottaly agree with your opinion, but only this time! :)
February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterSexexceda
Thanks, I appreciate the feedback.
February 16, 2010 | Unregistered CommenterJan
I am not going to be original this time, so all I am going to say that your blog rocks, sad that I don't have suck a writing skills
March 12, 2010 | Unregistered Commentermrvenom

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