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  •  Close Your Eyes?! (2+ / 0-)
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    SoCalSal, AoT

    Then you tend to follow a winding trail into the depths of consciousness...when you should be focusing on the breath.

    I always found gazing at the flames dancing in the butter lamps to be helpful. Note -- don't focus on the flame, just see it and watch the breath.

    (Oh and chanting mantras for a while before trying to meditate often helped still my mind.)

    •  it's a good way of putting it (1+ / 0-)
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      Then you tend to follow a winding trail into the depths of consciousness...when you should be focusing on the breath.
      I'll keep it in mind.

      The opposite of life is not death, but indifference. -- Jaki Gefjon (A.A.Attanasio)

      by Max Wyvern on Thu May 02, 2013 at 08:05:21 PM PDT

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