Mindful Breath Meditation, as I refer to it, is the act of practicing Meditation guided by your breath.
Many of us tend to have a bit of difficulty practicing Meditation. Being still and silent can be tricky in a world where we are constantly being bombarded by distractions at our every turn. So to sit and be still with ourselves, and to quiet our thoughts can be some what of a challenge. But with practice. patience and perseverance, it can be done.
Mindful Breath Meditation is simply using your breath as your guide.
I intentionally prepare the space for my Meditation by dimming or turning off any lights, lighting a few candles, cleansing the room with sage or lighting incense. I like to play the sound of gentle water trickling down a stream as my background noise. Creating this environment each time unconsciously and consciously tells my body that it will be entering into the act of connecting within to mind, body, soul and spirit.
I begin my Meditation practice by doing what I call a "Chakra Awakening." I do this by tapping each Chakra starting at the crown (top of head) seven times each until I reach my base/root Charka, (bottom of spine). I then do a "body scan" and see where I may be holding onto any tension or stress and I relax the body parts that were holding on. I visualize pure, clean and clear white light filling up my body starting at the crown on every in-breath and on each out-breath I envision all stress and tension from the day leaving my body through the bottoms of my feet.
Anytime a thought comes up and my mind wanders as it definitely does, I simply observe the thought then "wave" it away. I remain from any judgment or expectations of self and I just let it all be, exactly what it is, in that moment.
I also like to hold smooth crystals in the palms of my hands during my Meditation. The stones act as a reminder for me to return to the breath when my mind has wandered off. Because our unconscious mind is so powerful, I set the intention of using the stones as reminders when I begin.
I end my meditation practice by taking three deep breaths as I offer gratitude for the air that fills my lungs and for my peaceful home in which I reside.
I truly feel that we can master the art of Meditation by making it a ritual and preparing ourselves each time. The preparation of the ritual will become ingrained into our cellular memory and begin to create a habit.
It's also important to remember that there is no "right" way or "wrong" way to practice Meditation. I believe many people avoid Meditation because they think of the Buddha sitting in perfect posture with his mind clear of thoughts. But the truth is, we can't clear away all of our thoughts and empty our mind but we can certainly slow the thoughts down. And like all things, it takes a lot of practice, time and intentional effort to achieve any goal we wish to meet.
Starting off with a Mindful Breath Meditation even five minutes a day can begin your journey to a beautiful and soulful Meditation practice. Consciously connecting within to our mind, body, soul and spirit can ultimately be life changing and have powerful and profound effects in your internal, and external world.
"If you can resist the impulse to claim each and every thought as your own, you will come to a startling conclusion: you will discover that you are the consciousness in which the thoughts appear and disappear." – Annamalai Swami
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