Wednesday, 28 January 2009

Count your blessings

This post is a cool breathing relaxation or meditation.
In yesterdays post you observed your natural breathing whilst concentrating on the tips of your nostrils. Today you will be counting your exhalations of breath. Not the inhalations, only counting the exhalations. Curious? Then please read on.

This practise is designed to improve your concentration and your ability to 'allow some things to be as they already are'.
Allow your body to look after itself, let it breathe naturally and easily. Encourage this process by relaxing as much as you like. Some people easily relax even more when they prepare themselves to sit quietly and meditate.
See my Relaxation posts if needed. Take your time and enjoy yourself.

  • Sit comfortably with your back straight and your head looking forward.
  • You can say to yourself that you're 'going to sit quietly and with such skill that this will be fun.' Well, I like saying things like this to myself. It works.
  • Close your eyes when you're ready to begin.
  • Observe your natural cycle of breathing - inhalation and exhalation - through the nose.
  • When your are ready, count "one" to yourself as your exhale.
  • Count "two" the next time you exhale.
  • Count "three" on your third exhalation.
  • Continue this counting upto either your 5th or 10th exhalation of breath.
  • Once you have reached either 5 or 10, resume the counting from 1.
  • So, it begins - count "one" to yourself as you exhale etc.
  • You may discover this quite an easy exercise or you may find yourself counting upto 8 or 14 or 22.
  • The practice develops concentration and relaxation. Have fun!

Thanks for reading and feedback to me your discoveries.
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