The Absolute washes away all considerations it is that which is without limit yet is complete in itself. The absolute transcends the rise and fall of the breath yet imparts meaning to the breath. Consciousness differentiates the space made by the breath; then in the still moment that it turns from up to down touches eternity. It is the still moments that absolve and wash away the stressful moments caught by the mind. The quieter and more subtle the breath the closer we are to the refining stillness that underlies the breath. The less breathing more prana as then we are more in touch with the manifesting life force of the universe. We should not force breath retention, as simply by refining and bringing light and consciousness to the breath, it becomes prana enriched, with the body making less demands on the breath. Breath retention then tends to be a natural pause with a merging with the healing and stillness of the absolute.
The Absolute is all value whatever; it is an all comprehending presence that lies both within and without. When meditating with the mind still, centre at the level of the Ajna chakra, the command centre of the yogi. This is the seat of transcendence and of the observer, it is important that there is no urgency whatever, simply a quiet watchfulness, as tension or stress will adversely affect the meditator. The Ajna chakra lies approx one inch above the centre of the eyebrows and about one inch back and can be likened to the cave of the avatars, as in the still centre within resides the wisdom of the ages. It is during moments of stillness that we can make a calm appraisal of our lives, transcend and release ourselves from stress and merge with the healing presence within.