Deepak Chopra: Meditation and Breath

Question:

Hi, I have started meditating every night before I go to sleep. Now in just 2 weeks I went from 15 minutes to 40 minutes and eager to continue. While meditating when I reach quite phase no sensation of my body no thoughts, I also don’t feel my breath or very low breathing. At that moment I don’t feel comfortable with that phase as I get anxious to get out of that state and reach for regular breathing. I try to get myself out of meditation. My anxiety does not let me enjoy that moment. How do I handle that?. It is my main cause of anxiety. I am Vata type and feeling fatigue. When I try to do any kind of exercise or any fast movement I get anxiety since I am scared of my breathing pattern. Please help me here as I am waiting for a breakthrough of this pattern. As per doctors I need to do exercise. I have started to go for a walk 15 minutes in the morning. Your help is appreciated.

Answer:

The deep state of meditation you reach where there is  no thought, no sensation in the body and almost no breathing is a profound state of stillness in mind and body. In the early phases of this stage of experience it sometimes happens that we get afraid that we need to breathe more deeply. However scientific research shows that  in that quiet state our entire mind/body system is functioning very smoothly and efficiently with reduced respiration and  heart rate. But because we are not accustom to that style of functioning yet, we can get afraid and find ourselves taking a big breath. That’s fine. Simply return to your meditation process again. You will soon get used to it and  find that stillness very comfortable and peaceful.

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Deepak

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About Deepak Chopra

Time Magazine heralded Deepak Chopra as one of the 100 heroes and icons of the century, and credited him as "the poet-prophet of alternative medicine." Entertainment Weekly described Deepak Chopra as "Hollywood's man of the moment, one of publishing's best-selling and most prolific self-help authors." He is the author of more than 50 books and more than 100 audio, video and CD-Rom titles. He has been published on every continent and in dozens of languages. Fifteen of his books have landed on the New York Times Best-seller list. Toastmaster International recognized him as one of the top five outstanding speakers in the world. Through his over two decades of work since leaving his medical practice, Deepak continues to revolutionize common wisdom about the crucial connection between body, mind, spirit, and healing. His mission of "bridging the technological miracles of the west with the wisdom of the east" remains his thrust and provides the basis for his recognition as one of India's historically greatest ambassadors to the west. Chopra has been a keynote speaker at several academic institutions including Harvard Medical School, Harvard Business School, Harvard Divinity School, Kellogg School of Management, Stanford Business School and Wharton.His latest book is "Reinventing the Body, Resurrecting the Soul."