Today I did a meditation focussing on my breath. A lot of meditations that I use and teach are based on the awareness of the breath because I really believe that when you learn to use your breath you are sorted!
The breath is a really useful tool because it is always with us and so whatever situation we are in we can rely on it to be there to help us.
Our breath is a great indicator of how we are feeling. If you are feeling agitated then it is likely that your breath will be agitated. If you are relaxed then your breath will be too. Learn to control one and you can control the other.
I know that learning to be interested in my breath was a real challenge and it took some time to grasp the concept and to get to grips with it. It took some persistence and dedication but I’m really glad I stuck with it because it really is an amazing tool.
Try sitting up straight with your feet flat on the floor and your hands on your lap.
Close your eyes. This will eliminate visual distractions and help you to focus on the sensation of breathing.
Bring your attention to your breath.
Your attention may go to the belly, your chest, or the area around your nose. Any, or all 3, of these are fine.
Spending some time with your attention on your breath is relaxing in itself.
Notice how each breath is different, how the air is warm that you breathe out, that your breath happens all on its own with you needing to do anything.
Hopefully you love the experience, but, if like me you found it a struggle to be interested in your breath then try this trick…
Take a hand from your lap and put is on your tummy. Feel your hand rise and fall with your breath. By bringing a physical movement into the exercise you will find it easier to keep your attention on the breath.
After time you will find that you can keep your focus on the breath more easily and you can take away the use of the hand.
Come on a Revitalise Day to see how amazing and enjoyable meditation can be. For every problem that you might have with meditation there is a simple solution. Usually relaxing is the cure.
Come and see how relaxed you feel after a day of pampering. It could be just what you need to get your meditation on track.