Wednesday, February 08, 2006

Meditation Problem

Yes, I know there are lots of threads on meditation already... but I have a problem that doesn't seem to have been discussed.

I would really like to learn to mediate - both to reduce stress and anger levels, and also as a way to begin some form of ritual practice. However, whenever I have read about a meditation technique, the initial exercises always seem to involve concentrating on your breathing, counting breaths etc. My problem is that if I concentrate on my breathing, it makes me hyperventilate and breathe really fast - which doesn't exactly put me in a relaxed state!

Has anyone else had this problem? Does anyone know a way of beginning to learn to meditate which does not involve breathing exercises? If so, I would be really grateful if you could point me in the direction of some books and/or online resources which discuss these techniques.

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