|Mom's garden, from the meditation bench|
© L Kathryn Grace - All rights reserved
For years I studied meditation techniques. All too often, I felt tension at the thought of sitting down to meditate. How in the world could I possibly empty my mind as the books and teachers suggested? My mind is never empty! One day, somewhere along the way, I read about a simple technique of focusing ever so gently on the breath.
I wish I knew where I read it, possibly in one of Pema Chadron's books.
Here's the gist of it: Set a gentle timer to let you know when the time is up. Ten minutes is perfect for a quick, restorative session in a busy day.
Sit comfortably, feet flat on the floor, or tucked tailor fashion.
Set your intention for ease. This is not about doing it right. There is no wrong way. Ease is the important word here.
Now, focus your attention on the breath coming into your left nostril. Cool air in.
Next, focus your attention on the breath coming out your left nostril. Warm air out.
That's it. Thoughts will come. Acknowledge them. Give them a mental bow. Thank them, perhaps. Or just gently acknowledge them. Then, just as gently, return your focus to the breath coming into your left nostril. Cool air in. Warm air out.
Repeat as frequently as needed until the timer signals the end of the session.
Remember, there is no right and no wrong, just gentle focusing and refocusing on the breath at the tip of your nostril. Cool air in. Warm air out.
For a more full version of this meditation, see Ten Minute Meditation. If you've never tried something like this, give it a go and let me know how it feels, will you please?
We make peace in a million small ways every day.
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