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Here is one of the most common meditation. This meditation requires extended practice over a period of several weeks in order to make significant progress. There is, however, benefit to anyone in trying this meditation at least once.
Begin by finding a quiet, comfortable pace to sit where you won’t be disturbed. It is helpful to decide beforehand how long you will sit. Ten to twenty minutes is a reasonable goal at first.
Turn your attention to your body and posture. Sit with your back and head straight. If you are sitting in a chair, you may find it helpful to place a pillow behind the lower part of your back. This will relieve the strain on these muscles and keep you upright. With your back straight – turn your attention to the rest of your body. Simply relax it as much as you can.
Take a few slow, deep breaths to assist the relaxation process. As you breathe, notice that when you inhale you actively pull air in. However, to breathe out and release the air, all you need to do is relax. With each breath you simply let go of any tension and become increasingly relaxed.
Now turn your attention to the experience of breathing. Notice that the two most prominent sensations are probably at the nostrils, where the air pours in and out, and at the stomach, where you can feel the rising and falling of the abdomen. Select one of these areas and give it your full attention. Follow the sensations of breathing as they shift and change as the air moves in and out then comes to rest in the brief pause between the next cycle begins.
Sooner or later you will suddenly awaken with a little gasp of surprise as you realise that you have been lost in thoughts, unaware of the breath or even that you were meditating. This is natural process, just another reminder of how much untrained minds roam from reality. The treatment is very simple. Just return your attention, gently to the sensations of the breath. You will fall in to thoughts a hundred times. The task is to awaken one hundred and one times.
This is the core of the exercise: the mind wanders unconsciously and you return it consciously. Don’t judge yourself or the mind for its wandering ways. Rather, treat it and yourself gently – and keep returning attention to the breath.
This is all that is required. You don’t have to struggle or fight with the mind; you don’t have to worry about how well you are doing. Simpky relax, allow attention to rest on the sensations of the breath, and when it strays, bring it back. Meditation is a process of making friends with the mind.
At the end of the session, gently open your eyes and look around you. Perhaps you will notice your vision seems a little clearer, colors little brighter. be careful not to leap out of the chair and rush back into your usual business. Get up slowly and see if you can bring whatever clarity and calm you have cultivated into your activities.
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