MEDITATE – S07E01 – Basic Breathing for Meditation

Today’s Topic: How To Meditate At Home – Part 1

Meditation: Breathing

Implement meditation into your day, just for a minute. That’s the main point of my message today. That’s it, just one minute of meditation a day.

There happens to be three parts to this meditation, and the other two will be in future podcasts on this topic. But for the moment, start with part one, breathing. Not just any ol’ breathing, breathe in through your nose, out through your mouth. Slow and deep breaths.

Breathe from your stomach: as you breathe in, your stomach inflates, as you breathe out, your stomach deflates. No shallow breathing and no chest breathing, we don’t want you getting lightheaded.

Thoughts will come into your head as you breathe, all fine, but get back to focusing on breathing. Time the minute you’re going to breathe for, on your mobile perhaps. Or better yet, incorporate it with something else that only takes a few minutes: sitting on the loo, waiting for the kettle to boil, on transport between suburbs.

Now if I said to do this meditation every day, for the rest of your life, while it will be one of the best things you could ever do for yourself, you won’t necessarily be able to keep it up for more than a few days straight, initially. You generally won’t remember to incorporate meditation as part of your day cause you’re not used to it. Or maybe you’re very good at keeping up a discipline… we’ll see.

You don’t need a special cloak or charm and the planets don’t need to line up in a sacred ceremony, for you to do meditation. Keep it real and keep it regular, quick (to start off with) and simple. One minute of this breathing per day.