Just by doing breathing meditation for ten or fifteen minutes each day, we shall experience a calm, spacious feeling in the mind and many of our usual problems will fall away.
The first stage of meditation is to stop distractions and make our mind clearer and more lucid.
This can be accomplished by practising a simple breathing meditation.
- Sit in a comfortable position with your back straight and relaxed. Rest your hands in your lap, partially close your eyes and let all your stress and tension fall away.
- Turn your attention inwards and become aware of your breathing. Don’t attempt to control your breathing – just become aware of it, and follow the inhalation and exhalation of your breath.
- Gradually become aware of the sensation of the breath as it enters and leaves the nostrils. Focus on the sensation of the breath and try to forget about everything else.
- Remain focussed on the sensation of the breath. If your mind wanders away from the breath, immediately let go of the distraction and come back to the breath.
- Gradually your distracting thoughts will subside and you will begin to experience a sense of inner peace and relaxation. Stay with this feeling of mental calm for a while.
- Enjoy your day!
“When the turbulence of distracting thoughts subsides and our mind becomes still, a deep happiness and contentment naturally arises from within” Geshe Kelsang Gyatso, The New Meditation Handbook.
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