Every breath is one of life’s miracles. Every breath you take is indispensable, nourishing and profound. However, sometimes we all take our breathing for granted.
Most of us don’t breathe deeply or completely enough. Shallow breathing can create tension and weakness in us, while deep breathing can give us strength, endurance and a peaceful sense of well-being.
Breathing in a relaxed state is as essential to proper meditation as it is to proper living.
The following is a basic breathing meditation that will help you to develop awareness of your breathing. As you practice, you will more easily be able to relax your mind and body.
In fact, you can go into a meditative state by simply watching your breathing, in and out, while noticing but not being attached to the thoughts that come as you breathe, just letting them go to drift off into space. This meditation is best done in silence, but it will also work if you are in a place where you know you won’t be disturbed for at least two or three minutes, longer, if possible.
Basic Breathing Meditation
1. Pay attention to your breathing.
2. Breathe through your nose and out through your mouth.
3. Place one hand on your abdomen and one on your chest.
4. Inhale deeply and slowly through your nose into your abdomen. You should feel your abdomen rise with this inhalation and your chest should move only a little.
5. Exhale through your mouth, keeping your mouth, tongue, and jaw relaxed.
6. Relax as you focus on the sound of your breath and the feeling of long, slow, deep breaths.
It is simple but it can be very powerful, especially when you expect to go into a stressful situation or have just come from one. You may be quite surprised at how well it helps you to cope.