How Should I Breathe When I Meditate?

“Is it better to breathe in a regular rhythm?”

 In vipassana we usually just watch how the body breathes for us on its own.  It’s possible to “take over” our breathing, but the body does fine when we’re busy with other things.  Just be a passive observer of how the body is breathing.

This way of watching the unfolding of things encourages us to be accepting of what we experience in meditation.  As our practice deepens, acceptance becomes very important.  So it’s good to start at the beginning by accepting our breathing just as it is.  If it’s hard to sense the breath, a few deep breaths can help identify the sensations of breathing.

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