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Is Mindfulness of Breathing the Best Personal Resource for Wellbeing?
A guided meditation and 15 benefits
Remember the seats to develop mindfulness of breathing. You can also develop mindfulness of breathing while walking, jogging, standing, reclining, yoga and various aerobic exercises.
Examples when Sitting
Meditation cushion (zafu)
Meditation chair in the meditation hall
Bus/train to work
Mindfulness of Breathing
1. In the sitting posture, be mindful of the full breath experience.
2. Experience the body expanding with the inhalation and contracting with the exhalation.
3. It is not necessary to focus on a particular location in the body.
4. Be mindful of breathing in and breathing out.
5. If tired, keep the eyes open. If restless, breathe long and deep and relax with the outbreath.
6. If you breathe in long the diaphragm will expand and the stomach will extend out with the out breath.
7. Allow the breath to flow in and out of the body, whether the breath is rough or smooth, shallow or deep.
8. Be aware of any moment(s) of stillness before the next in-breath.
9. Be aware of changes in the breath, of impermanence of every breath.
10. Experience the air element stimulating the cells of the body.
11. Relax gently with the outbreath when the mind easily wanders.
12. Let the brain cells become quiet.
13. Mindfulness of breathing contributes to harmony of body and mind and direct experience of organic life.
14. The air element confirms our intimacy and inter-dependence with the surrounding world.
15. Feel the freedom of simply breathing in and breathing out.
Fifteen Benefits of Mindfulness of Breathing
n alphabetical order
A contribution to freeing up the whole being in the process of liberation and awakening.
Brings harmony to body and mind
Calms the mind and reduces stress
Contributes to revealing changes in perception and experiences of life
Develops a sense of well-being.
Develops the capacity to witness change – each breath comes, stays and passes – as everything else.
Develops the power of concentration
Directs oxygen to the cells in the body from head to foot.
Enables a depth within to reveal happiness, joy, peace of mind and clarity
Enables the capacity to handle sickness and physical pain.
Interrupts unwanted and obsessive thinking
Keeps one focussed in a challenging situation
Mindfulness of breathing releases insights, inspiration and fresh energy.
Releases dark corners of the mind requiring attention and sharing with the wise.
Further response on mindfulness of breathing
May all beings experience the benefits of mindfulness of breathing.
May all beings live with insight and well being
May all beings live a liberated way of life.
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