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Take a deep, gentle inhalation and then release it in a long, complete exhalation.
Fill your lungs completely and then empty them completely.
Our central nervous system responds within 3 full breaths.
Be patient and gentle with yourself as thoughts continue to arise, this is normal. Just keep coming back to the inhale and the exhale.
You can use a mantra or repretitive phrase, instead of the breath, to keep your focus. Just repeat your mantra silently.
The Jesus' Prayer, says: 'Lord Jesus Christ, Son of God, have mercy on me, a sinner.'
"stilling the mind" is said to be a benefit of the mantra.
forceful breathing with a short inhale and forceful exhale
How to breathe during meditation:
bringing attention to your breath might create a bit of an uneasy feeling making the breath short or taking the breathing off beat.
To help with this issue, practice this simple internal monologue: I am breathing in. I am breathing out.
Match this mantra with your inhalations and exhalations to create some order and some ease in your breathing.
In some traditions we meditate with our mouth open to relax the jaw and it's normal to breath through the mouth and not be discouraged at all.
Breath is your only lifelong companion.
The CPAP machine creates white noise even when you are breathing thru your mouth.
Find mantras about love, hope, compasstion, kindness.
Eckert Tolle: "Practicing the Power of Now", a meditation primer, lots of little paragraphs.