BREATHE of life meditation.
Meditate sitting comfortable and relaxed with a straight back, concentrate on your breath. Breathe in gentle and deep through the nose, exhale like a soft sigh through the mouth. Repeat this breathing till you have calmed the mind of disturbing thoughts. When you are settled and relaxed continue to the next stage, concentrating on the sound and feel of your breathing. Focus on the sound of your in breath and the gentle, soft, relaxing exhale. Concentrate and feel the breath of life flow through your body. Feeling your lungs naturally expand, the movement resembles the gentle ebb and flow below the oceans waves. Centre and relax into the rise and fall, feel the calm and tranquil breath come and go, taking with it all the tension as you settle into your calm and inner being where you can hear the pulse of your heart. Continue centered in deep calm, gently breathing, slowing down into the depth of the calm within. Be aware of the gentle ebb and flow of your breath whispering of the quiet peace within you. The outside world no longer intrudes on your peaceful tranquility.
Relaxed, aware of all the sensations, the air caressing your body, its fragrance permeating your being and the busy world is like a distant outside lulling vibration. Silent and calm you are at peace with the world. Enjoy this pleasure till it is time to gently return to the activity of your busy world refreshed you can rise to the challenges of life. Carry this peace with you throughout the day to share with the world. Take this quiet peace with you on your joyous journey. Spreading a calm example to all you encounter in the outside world.
In the midst of a challenging world when tension tends to take command. Remember the calming effect of a few deep breaths to relieve the tension. Be aware, feel the beneficial breath bringing in the oxygen and as you breathe out feel the tension withdraw from the battlefield, leaving the silent calm in triumph. Life’s challenges overcome without force. Meditation teaches us to become aware of uncontrolled thoughts that fill our mind and can lead our actions astray. Mindful of unsavory thoughts we can consciously correct them. Aware of tension, impatience or annoyance we can use our breathing technique to gain control before these feeling escalate into anger.
An angry person cannot appreciate any of life’s joy. Angry thoughts of hate and all ill will affect the bearer nervous system adversely while the one the ill will is directed at may remain oblivious. Regularly practicing meditation on the breath becomes a habit and in time it becomes an intuitive part of our life. When aware of our thoughts we can control our actions. We become a better person to ourselves and others. Calm and controlled we spread joy and kindness. Like one small step is the start of a life long journey a conscious breath of fresh air can bring a world of peace.
There are many ways to meditate this is a good one to start with. The breath is not the only object you could use to focus on. People choose many things, but the breath is vital to life and always with you. What you use to concentrate on is your personal choice. Also when you have reached a point of calm you may want to continue. You can change your concentration to an internal idea like focusing on loving kindness or right understanding or any of the steps on The Buddha’s Eight Fold Path. Once you have calmed the mind your concentration on any subject is deeper and you have more insight. You can actually meditate on a job when you give a mundane task like washing dishes your full attention it can become a pride and joy. With meditation you will take pleasure in the now it helps in every aspect of your life.