Author Topic: Heisenberg Uncertainty Principle: Do We Change Our Breathing By Observing It?  (Read 758 times)

Offline dysprosium

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I am new to meditation.  I try to focus on breathing in and out.  For me, the act of observing changes what I am observing here.  It's hard to just observe my breathing and not be aware that, in observing the breath, I change my breathing. 

Offline Dharmakara

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Heisenberg's Uncertainty Principle assumes that at a sub-atomic level "we cannot observe anything without affecting it." The observer and the observerved are constantly interacting. Or what amounts to the same thing: there is no independent observer who can observe without transforming the observed object --- needless to say, not everyone has been onboard with this theory right from the very beginning:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Uncertainty_principle#Critical_reactions


As for the matter at hand, that being the difficulty you've encountered with your meditation, ect., well it's not that uncommon  --- for example, you might find some of the advice on this page helpful:

http://www.quora.com/Meditation/Why-cant-I-observe-my-breath-without-consciously-manipulating-it

 


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