Breathing Exercise is the Gateway to Meditation

Focusing on the breath is one of  the  most common and  fundamental techniques for  accessing the meditative  state.  Breath is a deep rhythm of the body that connects us intimately with the world around us.  Learn these steps, and  then practice them as a regular breathing exercise. Close   your   eyes,   breathe deeply and   regularly,  and   observe  your breath as it flows  in through the nose  and  out. Give your full attention to the breath as it comes in and  goes out. Store your  breath in  the belly,  not the chest, between inhales and  exhales. Whenever you find your attention wandering away from  your  breath, gently pull  it back to the rising  and  falling  of the breath via the belly.

Inhale through your  nose  slowly  and  deeply, feeling  the lower  chest and  abdomen inflate like a balloon. Hold  for five seconds. Exhale  deeply, deflating the lower  chest and  abdomen like  an emptying balloon. Hold for  five  seconds. Do  this five  times, and  then allow  your breathing to return to a normal rhythm.You will begin  to feel a change come  over  your  entire body.  Gradually you  will  become less aware of your  breathing, but not captured in your stream of consciousness. Consciousness is encouraged on  the whole, but we  often are  too alert and  hyper-stimulated via  television, caffeine, and family  life,  just to name a few.  By breathing for five  minutes daily, you will  become more  centered inward. You will  just live  “in  the moment,” in your  own  skin.

Benefits of a simple breathing exercise throughout the day include:

• Calming

• “Re-centering” one’s thoughts

• Increase  in the flow of blood  that  carries  oxygen  through the body  and improved efficiency  of exhaling  and ridding  the body of carbon  dioxide

• Decreased  levels of fatigue  later  in the day, legs won’t feel “heavy”

Increasing  oxygenated  blood   via  deep   breathing can  decrease muscle pains, especially in the postural muscles (back  and  neck  muscles), and  can also  help  counteract chronic stressors such  as sitting or standing in static positions for extended periods of time.

Keep Breathing..


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