Greetings Friends of Buddha, I need your help to understand a sort of catch 22 that has plagued me for many years. I, along with many others, have asthma in all of its glorious forms including allergic and exercise induced asthma. I also have COPD, but the labels are meaningless as all forms of this condition have the same effect which is the destabilization of my emotions.
Breath is the age old prescription for calming meditation, and the most effective way of finding peace and joy through the deep exploration of consciousness. Until recently I have always been able to find and employ enough breath to help me transcend my emotional turbulence. But lately due to a variety of causes I have been stressed out by my inability to maintain anything but the shallowest of breath.
So here is my question: if all of the suggestions for the discovery of deeper states of joy, and peace, and awareness involve breath meditation, and the very act of deep breathing causes myself and others to suffer in the process, how is a serious Buddhist to transcend this conundrum?
With Metta, as always.