reply to post by voyger2
Yeah it was the same for me in the beginning but as i got better at the inhalation it started to match the exhalation.
It seems that most people are better at the exhalation than they are at inhalation. This might be because exhalation doesn't require as much effort.
Once the lungs are full the air wants to come out and you basically just open the valve and the pressure will do all the work of pushing out the air
but the inhalation takes a little more work.
So the exhalation is easier to slow down and control than the inhalation and this may be why its longer than the inhalation in the beginning. But as
you get better at the inhalation it will become longer and smoother and it seems that at least in my case they naturally sync up.
When i first started practicing this technique i didn't sit down and decide on any specific ratio i simply started slowing down the inhalation and
exhalation. Then i suddenly noticed that as the breath slowed and i became calm and relaxed i started to naturally pause after the inhalation and
again after exhalation. Like i said the exhalation was longer than the inhalation at first but as i practiced they started to even out.
After a few months the breath started to become so long i decided to time it by counting in my head and it came out to be about 25,25,25,25. A few
months later it was 40,40,40,40. So it evened out naturally without me trying to adhere to any certain rules. Of course this was 5 years ago and ive
never taught this technique until now so im actually just remembering a lot of the things that can come up in the beginning.
But from my experience i can tell you with certainty that if you follow the 1:1:1:1 ratio and if you make a strong effort you will progress very
quickly to the highest stages of breath control.
Now if you don't like following the rules feel free to simply focus on lengthening, slowing, and smoothing out the inhalation and the exhalation.
The pause will come in naturally and become longer and longer until its the same as the in and out. The in and out will sync up and youll naturally
fall into the 1:1:1:1 ratio anyway.
In the end though you stop breathing all together for the length of your meditation and this can last several hours or longer. Almost everyone will
laugh at that and say its not physically possible but how many of those people have dedicated themselves to several hours a day of this kind of breath
control for several years? There are many cases of yogis demonstrating this if you want to look it up.
When thoughts stop breath stops. When breath stops thoughts stop. Breath and mind are linked together. If you slow your breath you slow the
thoughts if you slow the thoughts you slow the breath. And when they slow to a stop the body does not die but is simply suspended. Why cant everyone
do this? Well, why cant you? Because you haven't practiced. Even on the first day you see that you can slow your breath down. Now 5 years later
i'm telling you it can be slowed to a stop without the body dying. But think about how rare it is for anyone to really pursue this and you'll
understand why it's not common knowledge.
Now when the mind and body are temporarily removed you remain as that which is beyond the body and mind.
There are lots of different names for that like soul etc. but these people who throw these words around are just talking about something they've
heard about or thought about but have never really experienced. Of course 'experienced' is a misleading word because it implies that there are 2.
There's the soul and then there's you experiencing the soul. That's not the case here. You are the soul and you simply abide as the soul. The
temporary veil of body and mind are removed and you remain as that which you already are but don't see because you think you are the body and mind.
Of course i know the average person practicing meditation is just looking for a way to relax and be more calm and not necessarily take it so far and
for those people these techniques will take them however far they want to go. If you reach a certain stage of peace, a certain length of the breath
you may feel that its good enough and not care to go further but remember the story of the woodcutter:
The woodcutter met a sage in the forest, who said, “Go forward!” So he went past the grove of trees where he was cutting and he found a silver
mine. And after becoming very wealthy and mining all the silver he remembered the sage said, “Go forward”, he didn’t say, “stop.”
So he went further into the forest, until he found a gold mine. But he didnt stop there he remembered the sages words: “Go forward”. So he went
even further into the forest and he found a mine of diamonds and emeralds and jewels.
Keep going forward and go quickly. Lets not waste any time here.