Asthma and meditation

Hello all!

As I mentioned before I don't have a formal asthma diagnosis (yet?) but I had a couple of questions about quality of life anyway.

I'm a practicing Buddhist and I've pretty much given up my practice since this started. I don't got to temple any more because of the incense. And I'm learning to hate meditation because it's all about focusing on the breath. That's the LAST thing I want to do right now. My temple has separate rooms where I could worship by myself without incense, but that doesn't seem like much fun … and what about the meditation itself? 

Does anyone else here meditate? Can you suggest anything else to focus on? I hate to give up my practice entirely, but right now the traditional way (Zen for me) is just out of the question.



Comments 6

  • Melissa G

    I am very sorry to hear that you are struggling with this. Unfortunately, I don't have any advice. Just want to send you some !

  • Marie E Natzke

    Don't stop meditating or focusing on your breathing. Learning how to control your breathing can help. People panic during an asthma attack and staying calm and taking deep breaths and slowly releasing the breath can help until you get help at the ER. It will also help you deal with stress. So my suggestion DON'T STOP!!!!

  • K8sMom2002

    Oh, hugs … this must be so difficult that such a large part of who you are is impacted by asthma! Could you talk to your doctor about the issues you've been having with meditation?

    I can totally understand not wanting to worship alone. When my DD was small, we attended a country church where she was the only one in the nursery, and I was the one who kept her in the nursery every Sunday. 

    Could you ask friends or family to rotate out with you? Could you reach out to others at your temple to see if they, too, struggle? It could be that they are like you — they assume they are the only ones who would use those rooms, so they don't go.

    I also can understand not wanting to think about your breathing any more than you already are when it's a struggle. 

    Still, Marie has a point that breathing exercises can really help in the long run because they can help you during an asthma attack. Stress can aggravate and trigger an asthma attack, and my doc is all about tipping points. 

    It's not religious in nature, but I've used to help me. I've recommended it to my DD.