This post is a testimonial from Naveen (name changed), a Software Engineer from India around 30 years age. He searched on- line for such techniques, found this website and e-mailed me in Oct 2014 “I have been trying to practice ‘focusing on breathing’. I want to improve my practice and gain better results. I am looking for more guidelines and motivation from you. “
We exchanged e-mails for 9 months. He raised numerous doubts about the practical aspects of ‘focusing on breathing’ (1). His problems were compounded by intense self doubts. He did a service to others by persistently seeking clarity on minute aspects of the practice. I will post his questions and my answers as FAQ’s.
He was one of my unique clients. He extensively studied these webpages, sought my support and made wonderful use of both. His gradually got over his most pressing problems. I made cosmetic changes and added footnotes to his testimonial. His success story may inspire young people looking for simple and no-hassle techniques, to lead a stress-free life.
” I thank Suryanarayana Chennapragada (C S) for sharing plethora of knowledge on the internet for the benefit of every human being. I still remember the day I struck gold in the form of “Counting breaths” presented in such a simple manner (2).
I practiced these modes and techniques (1)
- Segment mode (1)
- Counting mode (1)
- Feeling mode (1)
- ‘Waking up postures on the bed’ (Sometimes) (8)
- ‘Yoga stretching movements – Standing (9)
My practice times (10)
- Driving/ traveling
- On returning home from work
Every time I read his articles, I unearth something new (3). Here are a few of his thoughts that got stuck in my mind.
- Thoughts are like clouds (4).
- Humans are designed to think negatively. Negative thoughts can’t harm us in any manner. We don’t have to be afraid of them or hate them. When they bother you, distract your mind by ‘focusing on breathing’ (5).
- Feel the coolness inside the nose during the in-breath and count during the out-breath (1) !! This has become my slogan.
- Have patience. Tirelessly focus on the breath.
- Pat yourself for even small successes (5).
The benefits I gained
- I find improvement in Anxiety, Confidence, Disturbing Thoughts/Feelings, Focus.
- I realize lot of things happening in my body like not breathing well and getting indications to go and take rest. 🙂
- Have more patience in dealing with people.
- Am able to differentiate between useful and useless thoughts. I had negative thoughts very often. I still get them but I change my focus to the breath and they get reduced. 60 % improved.
- Sleep: My sleep was not good. It has improved in hours and quality by 80 %. 🙂 (6)
- I was not feeling fresh. Now I feel fresh after focusing on breath. 70 % improved.
- I have a tool to calm my mind and relax my body.
- Improved my focus on the task in hand.
Interesting aspects of ‘C S’
Though he is in a different part of the world, he never missed responding to my numerous questions, fears and doubts. I never met him personally but have an unbreakable bond with him. He has a special place in my life. Though I do not communicate with him for days, he is always at the back of my mind. Amazing!! Great service to humanity !!! God bless him.”
(1) Focusing on breathing
(2) Counting mode
(3) My articles 30+
(4) Thoughts are like – Viewing thoughts in 9 different ways
(5) ‘Who is controlling your mind? Not you’ – my long booklet of 23 pages. My research on ‘counting breaths’ started with distributing copies of this booklet to about 100 people in the paper factory (ITC PSPD (7)) where I worked. They practiced from my booklet or a small handout without attending any classes. Their remarkable reports motivated me to keep on propagating this technique. Hopefully it will live beyond my life time.
(6) Success stories of relief from sleep problems and insomnia.
(7) ITC PSPD
(8) Waking up postures on the bed
(9) Yoga stretching movements – Standing
(10) Daytime practice
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