posted on Dec, 21 2012 @ 05:02 PM
So this will be my first post here at ats. I enjoy ats because of the wide range of viewpoints found here and because i learn about things i
wouldn't otherwise have been exposed to. But i see here as well as in almost everyone i meet a serious lack of peace and serenity. So i want to
share a couple practices that have brought me a profound peace no matter how crazy the outer environment may be. These 2 techniques came to me
naturally when i was younger and felt a desire to just relax very deeply. It wasnt until many years later that i started to read about meditation and
found out these techniques had names and had been around for a very long time. But i want to keep this thread as short and to the point as possible so
im not going to discuss the history of these techniques but ill tell you the name if you want to research them yourself.
The first technique i am actually practicing as i write this. You can practice this technique while your on the computer, watching t.v., or even on
the toilet. Its called Ujjayi Pranayama. This is a way of breathing that will dramatically calm your mind, and dramatically improve your health. Its
very simple and easy but it takes practice to get really good at it and that is why so few really take it up. So what you want to do is breath like
you would if you were trying to fog up a window or check your breath in your hand. That HAAAAAAAAA sound is what your going for. Try this a few times
with your mouth open and try it inhaling also. Youll notice how there is a slight restricting of the muscle in your throat. Once youve got the feel
for it close your mouth and continue making the sound.
What you want to do is to slow down and lengthen the inhalation and exhalation and the 2 pauses in between. So while making the HAAAAAAAA
sound inhale as long and slow as you can then pause for a few seconds, exhale as long and slow as you can and pause for a few seconds and repeat.
Also you want to inhale as much air as you can without straining yourself and exhale as much air as you can without straining yourself. Now
what i found in the beginning when i first started practicing this was that i could only inhale for about 5-10 seconds before i felt winded and needed
to quickly take another breath. So i tried to figure out what was a comfortable length for the inhalation, pause, exhalation and pause so that i
could practice without feeling out of breath. I think in the very beginning it was something like -inhale for a count of 5 pause for 2 exhale for 5
and pause for 2. Everyone is different so experiment with this until you find the right length for you.
Also i found that it was easier to inhale SLOWLY for 5 sec. and right at the point where i felt like i needed to end the inhalation i would quickly
breath in as much air as i could and fill my lungs, hold for a few seconds and then SLOWLY exhale for 5 sec then quickly breath out all the air until
the lungs are empty and hold for a few seconds.
That's really all there is to it. Now as you practice more and more the length of each part of the breath will naturally grow longer. I started
practicing this when i was about 15 and i became obsessed with it. I would practice every free moment i had and because i practiced so much after
about 3 months it went from 5,2,5,2 to 25,25,25,25. Now there's no strain involved with this. You only hold the breath as long as its comfortable.
But after 3 or so months of regular practice i found that i would naturally inhale for a very long time and then just stop. The lungs would be
completely filled and there's just no need to exhale for quite awhile and in that pause theres a very deep silence and peace. And then after
sometime you feel the need to exhale so you slowly and smoothly exhale all the air and then another pause.
Now the rate of improvement depends on how often you practice. I was probably practicing 4-8 hrs a day for the first 3 months and you can do the same
if you practice whenever you get a chance. If you watch 2 hrs of t.v. a day then you have no excuse to not practice at least 2 hrs a day. If your on
the computer for a few hours you have no excuse. People always say they're too busy but that's never really the case it either comes down to a lack
of motivation and or forgetfulness. You have to really try to remember to practice in the beginning. After a few weeks or months though it becomes
habit and more than habit it becomes the most enjoyable thing you could do and so you practice as much as you can.
Now in the beginning it will mostly be mechanical and just about getting used to this new way of breathing, getting your body used to it and getting
your mind used to it. But as you start improving not only will the length and the smoothness of the breath improve but your focus and concentration
will improve also. So while your inhaling you are more focused on just the act and feel of inhaling and there are not so many random wandering
thoughts going on at the same time. There is just the inhaling. Then, there is just the pause, then just the exhaling, and just the pause. As your
concentration gets better its not just the thoughts that stop but you become so focused that you dont notice the sounds around you and as it goes
deeper you literally can have your eyes open but not see anything because so much of your attention is on your breath that there is none left for the
senses. And when your focus is this strong so that there is nothing in your field of attention but the act of inhaling and suddenly the inhaling
stops..........well, all thats left is the field of attention itself without any objects. The pure subject......the pure consciousness. Please dont
say that this is nonsense or that its too difficult. Its very easy, and possible for anyone, but you have to really give it a shot and do the work.
(Its taken me close to an hour to type this and ive been practicing the whole time.)
There's more i want to say on this but i want to keep it short. Hopefully some of you are interested and if so i can go into more detail and answer
any questions you may have. Now i will continue with one other very easy technique but first im going to go and practice it and i will try to post it