Breath meditation is not a new fad. It has a rich history and richer benefits. Ward off all your anxiety, stress, and tension just by inhaling and exhaling.
Did you know that you can use your breathing to release stress, tension, and anxiety? The best thing about breath meditation is that it is as simple as breathing! We breath all the time, every minute, second and millisecond of our lives. So, why not breath for meditation as well?
Many people ignore breath meditation as a new fad. This is far from the truth. The history of breath meditation is older than us. If you knew the real benefits of breath meditation, you might not even believe them until you try them out. In this article, let’s discuss how to breathe for meditation. We will also share some essential tips that will help you out.
How to breathe for meditation?
Find a comfortable position
You can do this while you’re standing or sitting. It is a good idea to sit or lie in a comfortable position. Your eyes may remain open. If they close naturally, you will be able to focus on your breaths. If you want, you can set aside a particular time for it. Otherwise, you can also do it when you are having a stressful moment. If you want to get comfortable in your place, consider investing in an Ostrichpillow Loop. It will help to blackout everything around you, so you will be able to focus on yourself.
Focus on your breathing
You might want to start by forcing yourself to inhale air. Hold the air in your nostrils for 3 seconds and then slowly let it go. Then, exhale for 4 seconds. If this doesn’t work for you, you can also observe your breathing. Mindfulness of breathing is when you are paying close attention to your breaths.
Notice how your chest rises and falls with each breath you take. Then, try taking a deeper breath and notice the difference. You can also think about the other sensations in your body. For example, your belly will move up and down as you breathe. Focus your attention on your breath. Do you hear the inhale and exhale?
Let your mind wander
Also, don’t worry if you feel distracted by random thoughts or bodily sensations. You can let your mind wander. You can bring your mind back to your breathing.
Continue for five minutes or so
Keep your focus on your breath. Take a deeper breath each time and try to hold it in there for longer. Then, slowly let it out and exhale it. Listen to the silence around you. You might feel yourself getting lost in a whirlpool of thoughts again. Don’t be harsh to your mind. Let it come back to your breathing naturally.
Feel yourself exhaling out all the negative thoughts. When you inhale, take in all the positivity from your surroundings. If it helps, you can imagine the negativity being replaced by positivity inside your brain.
You will notice that your mindfulness will increase as you practice breath meditation. The first time might feel as if it was just a waste of time. Actually, it isn’t. If you practice more, you will be able to master the art of breath meditation.
Benefits of breath meditation
Breath meditation can benefit your mental wellbeing. You can think of it as expelling negative thoughts out of your mind and cultivating positivity. So, it will help to reduce stress and anxiety in your daily life. You will be able to calm down quickly even if the situation is stressful.
Furthermore, you can improve your focus and attention through breath meditation. When you are mindful of your breathing, your attention is on your breaths. Your mind may get distracted, but you can slowly bring it back.
It won’t be the perfect right from the first time. Just like anything else, breath meditation also needs practice. When you get used to shifting your focus to your breaths and letting go of everything else, you will see the real benefits.
Now you know that your mom was right when she told you to ‘take a deep breath.’ Breath meditation will help you focus all your attention on your breathing. In this way, you will be able to distance yourself from negative thoughts. It will help you stay in the present moments.
Just by using your breathing, you can calm yourself. The best thing about it is that it does not take more than 10-15 minutes to do it. The more you practice, the calmer you will get. Try setting aside fifteen minutes to practice breath meditation. You will see the results yourself.
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