This week, instead of meditating on a theme, phrase or idea, we’re going to turn our attention to our breathing.
It may sound simple, but it’s amazing how much mental clutter surfaces when our focus is purely on the breath.
Here are a few tips for the Breathing Meditation:
- Decide how long you’ll be meditating for and set a timer.
- Find a comfortable seated position (or lie down on your back), close your eyes and become aware of your breathing. Don’t try to control the breath, just notice the rhythm of inhalations and exhalations.
- As you breathe in and out, observe any thoughts that come through your mind. Try not to let yourself attach any weight to these thoughts. Imagine they are like clouds passing through the sky, and refocus on your breathing.
As you practice the breathing meditation, notice any patterns that come up in your practice. Is there a point in the meditation where you seem to get distracted or find it a challenge to continue? Do you get agitated or uncomfortable part-way through your allotted time? Are you tempted to finish the meditation earlier than planned because your mind has filled with to-do lists for the day ahead? It is often at the most challenging times during our meditations that we need to be gentle with ourselves, remind ourselves to simply be present, and bring our attention back to the constant and steady rhythm of our breathing.
May your week be as calm and steady as your breath.
Want to know more about the breath? Read What’s the Big Deal About Breathing?