Unaware of Breath In Meditation

by Nike Kahn
(Toronto, Ontario, Canada)

Question:

My question also relates to feeling breathless in meditation. I practice meditation and feel very relaxed. My mind becomes calm and quiet. After some time I feel breathless. There are no thoughts and mind is very calm but I don't feel any breath. I don't know what to do. Should I continue doing meditation when feeling breathless?

Response:

Don't do anything. So, rather than feeling "out of breath" as in breathing quickly trying to get air, you are just unaware of your breath? That's fine. At a certain point you may lose all awareness of bodily activities in meditation, and that's fine. Let all of this be. The breath may even stop for a while, which is natural.

Adam