When we first learn to meditate we are taught to focus on our breath.
We are asked to notice our breath going in and out. To feel our breath, and to slow down our thinking until it becomes one with the breath, relaxed, fluid, formless and rolling like waves.
One of the reasons we follow our breath to meditate is because it's the easiest way to relax and focus the mind. The other reason is because breathing is life. When we tune into our breathing we tune into our life force. If you ever want to feel how deep the connection between your breath and your existence goes, try holding your breath for a few minutes.
Sitting quietly and focusing on your breath is a simple yet profound way to connect to your spirituality. You can just sit and focus on your breath, or you can use the guided visualizations below.
I suggest trying these breathing meditations for about 5 - 10 minutes each. A wonderful tool to help you with this is the Insight Timer App for your smartphone (it's free and available in the app store). It's a meditation app that rings a soft bell at the end of your meditation. You set the time, and you can also set bells to ring each minute to bring your focus back in. You may choose one breathing exercise that you feel most drawn to, or rotate to a different one each day.
When you are caught in a moment and need to center and get clear, recall your favorite one, and take a few breaths with the in / out pattern described. It really can be that quick and simple to shift your energy!
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