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Meditation NOT focusing on breathing

LilacLilac Southfield, MI New

I have PTSD and thinking about my breathing is my biggest trigger. Can someone point me towards some meditation techniques that don't use breathing as a focus? Please do not reply saying I should "work on it" or "push myself" as this is not helpful and insulting in some ways. Thank you in advance.


  • KannonKannon NAMU AMIDA BUTSU Ach-To Veteran

    There are meditations centered heavily on visualisations or chanting. I used to meditate while listening to sutras beings read. There are many things you can do, different paths for all. In the end everything's the same. Good luck.

  • I have PTSD and realised my greatest meditation focus could be my singing bowl and my mantra practice. I can't really give guidance on either but sounds generally focus the mind in a single-minded way. Good luck with your practice.

  • ShoshinShoshin No one in particular Nowhere Special Veteran

    This "link" might help ...


  • JeffreyJeffrey Veteran

    Walking meditation can be done different ways. Very slowly noting the feeling of walking and the feet. Slow like Tai Chi slowly walking. Or walking rather normal pace but dropping the running commentary and just notice all five senses whatever appears.

  • DakiniDakini Veteran
    edited June 2017

    Hi, Lilac. Welcome to the forum. :) May I ask you what treatments you've tried (if any, at this point) for your PTSD? The technique called EMDR is with rare exception (war vets/multiple traumas) quite effective within just a few treatments. A certain acupuncture technique tends to achieve remarkable results, too (cheaper than EMDR).

    Take care of yourself. (((HUGS)))

  • BuddhadragonBuddhadragon Carpe Diem Samsara Veteran

    Mantra chanting seems to be very effective in the treatment of PTSD, @Lilac.
    Here is a 101 explanation:


  • seeker242seeker242 Zen Florida, USA Veteran

    Metta, chanting, trataka or candle gazing, shikantaza or silent illumination, chakra, tonglen, nada yoga, hatha yoga, qigong, tai chi. I'm sure there's many others!

  • lobsterlobster Veteran

    Great answers guys also remember:

    There are no red herrings in meditation ... so I am told by The Fish ...

  • KeromeKerome Love, love is mystery The Continent Veteran

    I came across this today, thought it was an interesting perspective. The end result would be meditation through "just being" in non-judgment, being unoccupied and letting the energy settle. A beautiful concept.


  • MingleMingle Veteran

    Ain't nothin magical about the breath. You can focus on anything. It's not about what you focus on just becoming the observer of your mind and seeing it as just another thing arising in consciousness.

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