Basic Breathing Meditation

Our minds are constantly active, always jumping from thought to thought, emotion to emotion. Getting in touch with the nonlocal intelligence, the universal soul that lies within us and is part of us all, requires finding a way past the fog of distracting thoughts that typically hide it from us. We cannot fight our way through a real fog.

If we are quiet, we encounter moments of pure silence, and through these gaps we can glimpse the deeper level of the soul. Each glimpse increases our understanding, and eventually our consciousness becomes expanded.

Controlling the flood of thoughts is very difficult for most people. Beginners can sometime become very frustrated, but frustration is just another thought, another emotion that gets in the way. The goal is to release all thoughts, quietly, passively.

A common way to begin meditation is to gently focus on one thing so that it becomes more difficult for stray thoughts to enter your mind.

To begin a breathing mediation, find a comfortable position. Sit in a comfortable chair, with your feet flat on the ground. Place your hands in your lap with the palms facing upward. Close your eyes and begin witnessing your breath. Observe the inflow and outflow of your breath without attempting to control it in any way.

You may find that your breathing spontaneously gets faster or slower, deeper or shallower, and may even pause for a time. Observe the changes without resistance or anticipation. Whenever your attention drifts away from your breath to a sound in the environment, or a sensation in your body, or a thought in your mind, gently return your awareness to your breathing.

Once a person becomes comfortable with simply sitting quietly and focusing on breathing, I recommend adding a mantra, which creates a mental environment that will allow you to expand your consciousness.

 

Adapted from The Spontaneous Fulfillment of Desire, by Deepak Chopra (Three Rivers Press).

51 comments

heather g.
heather g4 years ago

I love breathing meditation and use this several times a day. Without fail, I do a breathing meditation to relax my mind before a drift off to sleep.

Thank you, Deepak - your guidance is always helpful.

Gwynethrose F.
Gwynethrose F4 years ago

Wonderful idea...I have had trouble with meditation because I thought I was doing it 'wrong' because my mind kept jumping around...perhaps this is the way to start..

Kathy K.
Kathy K4 years ago

Thanks.

Emefa Dekonor
Emefa Dekonor4 years ago

Focusing on the breath leads to such relaxation; I have learned of various breathing techniques and employ ones at different times depending on my level of need and circumstance; I walk in my meditation and when I feel constrained or anxious, I focus within, chant a mantra or even let my thoughts flow and act as the observer until I become blank and all that there is left is the breath
once again. Thank you!

Cassandra Fountain

Thanks.

susan k.
susan k4 years ago

Thank ,I hope it works .

Dianne D.
Dianne D4 years ago

Thanks for the article. I tried this before, but when I'd concentrate on my breathing, I would stop breathing, or do swallow breathing so I'd stop, thinking I was doing it wrong. This article gives me confidence that I need to continue with it.

Marie W.
Marie W4 years ago

3 deep breaths.

Vicky P.
Vicky P4 years ago

thanks

Spirit Spider
Spirit Spider4 years ago

Breathing meditation was the first I tried. It has never failed me. Thank you Deepak