• Alex K replied to the topic No perception of breath in the forum Meditation 1 day, 4 hours ago

    Thank you Blake. I am touched by your dedication to helping others.

    In looking at the overview of the ten stages, when I put aside the specific techniques associated with each stage (for instance being able to detect details of the in breath and out breath), then I think my experience most closely matches Stage 4.

    Is this the way one should…[Read more]

  • Alex K replied to the topic No perception of breath in the forum Meditation 1 day, 5 hours ago

    OK thanks for clarifying that. On that basis I guess its a possibility. If I wanted to test this out further would I then take up Stage 7 practices?

  • Alex K replied to the topic No perception of breath in the forum Meditation 1 day, 6 hours ago

    Hi Blake,

    Thank you for your reply.

    The mind state isn’t at all joyful. I would describe it as more constricted and joyless ie sadness 🙂

    I cant identify with the description at all in the sixth interlude.

    A trauma related memory did occur towards the end of the sit. I was cautious about mentioning it as it may just be the mind creating a…[Read more]

  • Alex K replied to the topic No perception of breath in the forum Meditation 1 day, 12 hours ago

    Hi Blake,

    Thank you for your advice its wonderful to have feedback from a TMI teacher.

    So I followed your guidance and after going through the preparation I just settled attention on breath sensations I could feel around the nose. I just set the intention to notice to breath sensations without even differentiating between whether they were in or…[Read more]

  • Hi Maria,

    Im not able to help you with any practical advice but I wish you well in your practice.

    Kind regards,
    Alex

  • Alexander K‘s profile was updated 2 days, 8 hours ago

  • Hi Blake,

    Yes I do put my attention on the sensations at the nose area.

    Usually sensations are not clear, like trying to see details through a mist. When occasionally the mist clears I can sense the start of the in breath, coolness, movement and the pause. The out breath start is not clear but I can sense it is there. Interestingly on one sit…[Read more]

  • Alex K replied to the topic No perception of breath in the forum Meditation 3 days, 2 hours ago

    Dear Ted,

    First let me say thank you for your reply. I really do appreciate it! 😊

    I think I am working on stage 3 but it may also be stage 2 or stage 4!

    I do not think I am experiencing forgetting going by the description of forgetting in TMI. There are no ‘aha’ moments as such where I find that I forgotten the breath. I sit for about 1 hou…[Read more]

  • Hello,

    I am currently working with stage 3 practices. I rarely forget the breath and mostly just experience subtle distractions and some subtle dullness. I feel attention and awareness are good and there is enough introspective awareness to catch most gross distractions before they occur.

    I have difficulty working with the following and…[Read more]

  • Alex K replied to the topic Stuck in stage two and three-ish in the forum Meditation 1 week ago

    Dear Darrell,

    I’m wishing you well in your practice.

    I have recently started working with the TMI book (stage 2-3). As someone who can be very goal orientated I find that I often put too much exertion into my attention on the breath. This can lead to all sorts of undesirable mental states such as agitation/dullness as well as so called monkey…[Read more]

  • Thank you!

  • Thanks Andrew 🙂

  • Hi Andrew and thanks so much for taking the time to read my post and respond. I am very grateful! 🙂

    I think your advice is good and have since noticed a slight shift/movement in the tension which is interesting.

    Also I have tied reformulating my motivation to be more inclined to exploring rather than trying to attain greater concentration. This…[Read more]

  • Hi,

    I am new to the TMI method but practiced Anapanasati for many years. My normal practice was a whole breath body based meditation (Ajahn Thanissaro/Ajahn Lee).

    I am having difficulty discerning the sensations of breath at the nose area in Stage 2. Increasing attention to try to make them more prominent has the undesirable effect of…[Read more]