Meditation And Your Breathing
In addition to finding an appropriate position, meditation requires that you pay attention to your breathing. Breathing is an automatic function you perform thousands of times each day without much thought.
Most people breathe using muscles from their chest and upper body. These breaths are often pretty shallow and promote stress. In order to breathe properly for the purposes of good health and meditation, you’ll need to focus on breathing a different way.
For meditation, we use diaphragmatic breathing, which is the natural breathing way that we used as newborn babies. This is breathing that comes from the belly area of the body. It goes more deep, and it carries more oxygen to your brain-cells.
Here is how to re-learn how to use your natural breathing. As you breathe, think of pushing your belly button out as you inhale and pulling it in as you exhale. This will allow you to take deep, relaxing breaths. If it’s been a while since you have used this way of breathing, it might feel strange and uncomfortable at the start, but soon you will see how relaxing and wonderful energizing this is.
If you struggle to get into a balanced diaphragmatic breathing rhythm, don’t fight it, just use the lying down position and let all your worries go. Before you know it you’ll be breathing in this more natural way.
You may also want to try counting when you breathe so that you have consistent, rhythmic breathing that leads to relaxation.
Try using a count of five. Breathe in for a count of five and exhale a count of five. If you feel your breath is short, don’t calculate more fast to get to five, though. Rather start with calculating slowly to three while breathing in, and slowly to three while breathing out.
Use that for your first week, and then get to four the next. You can expand as long as it feels comfortable, because, just as it is with your meditation position, you should make sure that your breathing is comfortable. If you’re uncomfortable, you won’t be able to relax and free your mind for meditation. If you’re distracted, then you’re not doing it correctly.
Meditation And Your Third Eye
For some people, when it comes to meditation, the concept of the third eye is very important. The idea is that when you meditate you can open a “third eye” that connects you to a spiritual force, or a higher intelligence. Many people meditate with the goal of opening their sixth chakra or third eye.
By opening the third eye, you may find that you feel more spiritually connected to the universe. You may also find that your intuition is keener and that you have more psychic sensitivities. It may take time in order to become this connected, so don’t be discouraged if your meditation doesn’t produce the desired effect immediately.
You may be wondering how you’ll know if you’re opening your third eye more than before. People who have achieved this type of “spiritual awakening” report different experiences. Some are seeing a bright white light, others are seeing colors, some are hearing an inner voice, and there are many more varieties of different experiences. But everyone reports an inner knowing, a higher intelligence that is connecting and communicating inside, and obviously this is a difficult subject to explain to those that have yet to experience this phenomenon. The idea is that you’re connected to the ultimate source in the universe.
In order to open your third eye, you’ll need to be completely relaxed and in a meditative state where our mind is totally at peace. Rather than focusing on issues in your life, you’ll need to actually not be thinking consciously. This can take a lot of practice.
If you get too focused on trying to open your third eye and achieve a new level of meditation, you can actually make it more difficult. It’s important to be extremely patient, have faith and trust, and free your mind and body so that you not put pressure on yourself to meditate in a specific way.
From my personal practice, and depending on what I want from my meditation, I feel that the moment between two thoughts is when I’m reaching this special state of deep meditation. So, the longer you can make the time between two thoughts, the longer and deeper you are meditating. If you have a lot of thoughts that are coming to you, you can try this: See them as little clouds that are trying to get your attention. Talk to them and gently ask them to drift away (you can even imagine with your inner eye that you use your hand to gently wave them to pass along). It seems this technique works really well for both beginners as advanced meditation practitioners.
Meditation and Religion
Meditation can often be associated with religion, although it doesn’t have to be religious. People of most faiths have some sort of meditation. For some religions such as Buddhism and Hinduism, meditation is actually a formal practice.
In other religions it’s less formal. In fact, prayer in Judeo-Christian religions is a form of mediation where you become connected to source. For some people, meditation is more about spirituality than actual religion.
You’ll need to look at meditation in your own life and decide how it fits your personal religious and spiritual beliefs. Remember that there really aren’t any rules when it comes to meditation – it needs to be right for you.
When you’re new to meditation, it can be difficult to really know how to get started. Guided meditation will help you to get started on your meditation journey. While there are many meditation centers where you can participate in guided meditation, it’s also easy to start out in private.
You’ll be able to find many different types of guided meditation audio recordings that will help you to get started. These meditations will cover everything from positions to breathing. They may also help you with specific chants to enhance your meditation and free your mind.
In addition, they may have background music that will be designed to help you relax. Music can be a very powerful addition to your meditation practice. When you find music that speaks to you, you’ll find that meditation goes quickly.
You may also want to read books that give suggestions for guided meditation. Guided meditation is a tool that can help you to get more out of your meditation time. The more you practice, the easier it will become and you may find that you don’t need guided help anymore.
If you want to discover one of the best resources to learn to meditate, take a look at the Stillness Project by Tom Cronin. You can find it here:
The Stillness Project