Friday, June 3, 2011
Basic Breath Awareness
1. Find a quite, comfortable place to sit. Remove all external distractions. You will want to sit up straight to open up your chest with your hands relaxed on your lap or thighs. Allow yourself a few moments to settle in and calm. Bring your attention to your stillness. Acknowledge the sensations and thoughts you are feeling.
2. Once you feel settled slowly become aware of your breath. Bring your attention to the tip of your nose or your diaphragm as you breathe in and out. Try not to control or alter your breathing in any way. Notice the feeling of your breath moving through you.
3. If you find that your mind is wandering or has moved away from your breathing, without judgment calm your thoughts and come back to the breath. Simply let your thoughts dissolve. Keep coming back to the breath.
Basic breath awareness is the basis for all structured meditation. Setting aside short periods of time each day to become aware of our breathing and calm our minds can be incredibly beneficial. This can be as simple as counting out 10 slow, deep, even breaths. Relax and enjoy!