The breath is one of those bodily functions, that we can either ignore or pay full attention to and it will still happen. It’s portable and we all have it. That is one of the reasons almost every meditation and mindfulness tradition start their practices with watching the breath.
I am going to follow here more than two thousand years of mastery and also start with the breath. So here is a short basic breathing meditation.
I advice you to listen to the audio one or two days, and then try to do it on your own. Find a timer in your phone that has a non-intrusive alarm to measure 5 or 6 minutes when you are meditating without the audio.
If you want to download the audio to have with you, you can use this link. Please Right-Click (Windows) or Ctrl+Click (Mac) and select “download” or “save file as…”.
Remember that is not so much about how much time you spend on the breath but about how good you get at catching yourself getting off the breath and bringing yourself back gently to it. The more you are able to do it, the better.
Don’t be hard on yourself if you have a hard time at the beginning. You are coming from a lifetime of habits that have programed your mind to just keep going anywhere and everywhere even when you need to concentrate, so it might take sometime to retrain.
Still, if you do it daily, just for 5 to 7 minutes, you will start seeing concentration and memory patterns change in your life.
Remember to keep a log book, so you can review weekly or monthly and track your progress.
Please, leave a comment below letting me know what you think about the meditation and what problems, if any, you feel you are having.
Remember I am here to help!