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So i’ve been altering my meditation technique a little, shifting from the traditional vipassana breathing while watching the belly to the samatha technique of watching the breath on the nostrils, and it has brought some interesting results where I felt almost as if I was encompassed by a bubble of air. Very intriguing.
I’ve been doing a little reading on these two techniques and have found it interesting that the Buddha in the Pāli cannon doesn’t talk much about doing vipassana or samatha, instead he talks about “doing jhana”. Where he does talk about vipassana and samatha he talks about them as separate mental qualities, developed in tandem. The one focuses on Calm and the other on Insight.
Anyway, I can recommend if you’re feeling a bit stale from doing a lot of vipassana to try the samatha technique, i’ve read that they reinforce eachother as you try to attain deeper levels of meditation.