I have tried all different types of meditations, from guided ones, silent ones, walking ones and lots of ones where I fell asleep. For a long time meditation became an excuse to check out, to not feel and hopefully feel better afterwards.
I first started meditating when I was about 18 and until recently my experience was hit and miss, sometimes I would feel better, and sometimes I would feel quite stiff and uncomfortable depending on what position I had been sitting in, for I don’t know how long. I am now 37 and the way that I meditate has changed completely. It changed when I came across the Gentle Breath Meditation presented by Serge Benhayon of Universal Medicine.
The Gentle Breath Meditation has been a massive game changer as to how I live, as it is simple and I can use it anywhere.
Benefits of Meditation
It is so lovely when you take time to check in with yourself and the Gentle Breath Meditation is a great way to do this.
It reminds me that I am as important to care for as all the other people I care for in my life.
One of the myths that has been busted for me was that you don’t need to sit and meditate for an hour or more.
Quite simply, meditating for just 10 minutes is all you need, and the results can be quite profound, not to mention easier to fit into a busy day.
The Gentle Breath Mediation works for me for sure. Within minutes I notice my breath slows down and my thoughts are then clearer, I feel like there is more space in and around me, and there is less anxiety.
I have found I have fewer mood swings, my body feels loved and cared for, and then I can bring more love and care to those around me.
How to Meditate
The best way to meditate is to make sure you are comfortable and that you are supporting your body to stay awake rather than just drifting off. You can lie down or sit. Personally, I prefer sitting as there is less chance that I will nod off.
If you do find yourself drifting off a lot you may want to consider how tired you actually are and honour that in whatever way feels right for you.
Take a moment to stop, close your eyes gently and chose to be with you and feel your breath.
How often do we just close our eyes to sleep, to shut out the world or to not see, and how rare is it that we close our eyes with the intention of re-connecting and being with ourselves?. Try it a few times and play around with it and see if you can feel a difference.
Once your eyes are closed, take your focus to your in breath, and breathe gently in, making sure that there is no force and that you are being as gentle as you can be. Take your time. Do this for a few minutes until you have relaxed and can feel your lungs open up a bit more and there is a cool sensation at the tip of your nose as you breathe in. There is no rush and no agenda and when you can feel your breath all the way in your tummy you can start to also bring your focus to your out breath. Make sure that you are with the breath instead of just exhaling, and become aware of the gentle warmth of the out breath.
From time to time your mind may get distracted, busy, and all over the place but instead of thinking about dinner just bring your focus back to where your breath is.
- Is it entering the tip of your nose?
- What temperature is your breath as it enters your body and what temperature is it as it leaves your body?
- Can you feel your lungs expand as you inhale and can you feel your tummy deflate as you exhale?
Allow your mind to be present with your breath and body and not racing ahead, as it sometimes does.
When you can sense a change in your body, enjoy that, and stay with it as best as you can. Feel your body expand and the space that is there for you when you take some time for you.
When you go back to work, or continue through your day, remember that you can bring the stillness that you returned to in your meditation to all areas of your life.
If you would like to have a short guided meditation, there are some great ones available for free online at Unimed Living.