Meditation is critical on the Path to Enlightenment. A person is in a sort of meditative state when absorbed in listening to music, or the total of attention is upon a video game, reading, whatever, and when someone nearby says something to them there is no response. The similarity is concentration, but for religious meditation, the focus is upon a single virtuous object like the breath.
To reach a state of peace, stop, and to demonstrate, take a break from reading and focus upon the breath. The text says, “You stop to be powerful, and to love to pause and grasp for the breath is identical.” It is easy to stop, and relaxing, and to take a break from tasks every so often, take a big breath to fulfillment for the texts say, “Fulfillment of breath for fulfillment of life.” When I was young and angry, mother said to inhale and exhale the breath rapidly and forcefully three times before inhaling to fulfillment for holding for stopping, and such is the ancient wisdom.
A person can focus upon a single virtuous object for a short or long time for if the mind wanders from the object the power is available to bring it back. You can stand, sit on a chair, sit cross-legged on a cushion on the floor, or kneel in the Thunderbolt Posture. While sitting in a chair it is important to keep the torso upright. The lower legs should be perpendicular to the ground, the feet slightly touching and flat upon the ground. Place the hands upon the knees or on the lap. In the kneeling or Thunderbolt Posture the knees are together in the front and for sitting, the toes are touching and the heels are a little to the sides creating a comfortable cushion.
The Vase Breathing Technique is a method of holding the breath within for deep meditation. To begin, pull up to bind the bottom and then draw in a breath through the nose to fulfillment. To prevent the air from escaping upward, let the head hang down and lock the chin to the upper chest. With the Anal and Chin Lock hold to the breath and do not move, the focus is inward not outward and stillness is important. To bind means to restrain, to make fast or tight, and the Webster’s New World Dictionary says, “To unite or hold, as if by a feeling of loyalty.” Lo and behold, the breath keeping you alive is the Supreme Spirit Pervading the Universe, so a little loyalty is in order.
The verses describe numerous breath meditations, and when altering the natural rhythm of the breath, physical, psychological, and psychic changes will occur and that is the purpose. The best advice in this regard is caution. Breathing strongly can bring about a state of hyperventilation and that is not the desire. In addition, moisture escapes the body by sending out the AH syllable through the mouth, so drinking additional water is important. The breath is the principle of life and sensation, nourishing, refreshing, and filling to fulfillment is beneficial. Notice a great expansion about the navel area and after the belly is puffed up, the breath will push up to the chest, and with practice, the mantras say happiness will arise.
You stop to be powerful and to love to pause and grasp for the breath is identical to the cause to liberate with stillness with a measure of Heaven AH, for a person and a certainty for those with the steadfast decree of a Buddha for to serve to be the comfort on the earth to bind to.