Quiet Mind Meditation

This is a quiet space .. designed to inspire, nurture and support your meditation practice so that you might find your own quiet mind

Thursday, 21 November 2013

The Breath

(Pic: Note To Self Just Breathe by Holly2007)

My first meditation instruction occurred when I was a teenager .. and it was all about the breath. 

Using the breath as an anchor in meditation is what I call a 'foundation practice' .. a good place to start before moving onto other meditation practices.  

The breath is an ideal anchor as it is readily available to us (you don't need to remember to bring your breath with you to meditation class!) and is a great biofeedback tool (so you know how you are travelling in any moment).  Using the breath to balance body and mind is an ancient practice (in yoga called pranayama or breath mastery) and many of our Meditative Exercises that we practice in class are based on these tried and tested practices. 

Incorrect or inefficient breathing makes us feel anxious, tired, foggy in the mind and distracted.

Good breathing (diaphragmatic) makes us naturally feel more at ease at it restores our body's natural regulatory system .. 'feeding' the brain with vital oxygen which is often the reason behind that foggy, distracted feeling.

"Moving your diaphragm when you breathe communicates to every cell of your body that you are 'safe'," says biochemist and author, Dr Libby Weaver.

If you are interested in learning more then you might like our new E-Book : Meditative Exercise: simple and effective exercises for everyday life - simply go to our Shop for instant download ($9.95).

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