April 21, 2021

A Core Breathing Meditation

There are thousands of meditation techniques out there, but it would be remiss of me to miss out on simple, classic techniques like this one, in search of novelty.

Sit comfortably and upright with your arms at your sides. Start by taking three deep breaths, feeling the air enter your nostrils, chest and diaphragm. Then, let your breathing settle into its natural rhythm, and just let your attention rest on the rhythm of the breath.

If you find yourself getting distracted, try and let these distracting thoughts go. You don't have to chase certain thoughts or feel angry that your mind has wandered. When it has, just gently guide your attention back to the breath.

The most interesting thing about this meditation for me, is that as my mind wanders (as it inevitably does), I can get a pulse on the kinds of thoughts and worries that were floating around beneath the surface, throughout the day, that I wasn't really thinking about.

Source: Real Happiness - Sharon Salzberg