Choose a quiet place. Sit comfortably on the floor or in a chair.
Your back should be straight, but not rigid.
Rest your hands in your lap on your knees. Look down at the floor with your eyelids half-closed or close your eyes. As much as possible eliminate any stimulus that may distract you.
Bring your attention to the room where are sitting.
Hear the sounds. Feel your body. Notice and watch your breathing. Notice your breath flowing in and flowing out. Just notice and allow it to change in any way.
When you notice your mind wandering, gently return your attention to your breath. Notice that as your breath begins to lengthen and fill your body, your mind begins to calm.
Consistency is key. Try to do this breath meditation first thing in the morning and/or at night. Be consistent with your meditation. Shorter meditations on a regular basis are more productive than long sessions every few weeks. Meditate for five minutes a day, and add one minute each week.
As Yogis have known for centuries and scientists are now demonstrating, the benefits of meditation are profound. Meditation is perhaps the most crucial instrument to harness the power of thought and cultivate more peace, clarity, and happiness.
Learning to train the brain and focus our attention is crucial to thriving and cultivating a peak performance in any endeavor.
Excerpts of this blog came from articles in Thrive Magazine Issue 1; page 45 by Ashley Turner; AshleyTurner.org and a PDF from DharmaCrafts Meditation Supplies; (http://www.dharnacrafts.com)
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