Breathing meditation

Generally, the purpose of breathing meditation is to calm the mind and develop inner peace. We can use breathing meditations alone or as a preliminary practice to reduce our distractions before engaging in any other form of meditation

A very simple start to a breathing meditation is to Choose a quiet place to meditate and sit in a comfortable position (any position that is comfortable – the only important thing is to keep a straight back, so no slouching).

Sit with your eyes softly closed and turn your attention to your breathing.

Breathe naturally, preferably through the nostrils, without attempting to control our breath, and try to become aware of the sensation of the breath as it enters and leaves the nostrils.

This sensation is the object of meditation. Try to concentrate on it to the exclusion of everything else.

Take a few deep breathes and let your body settle and relax. Settle the mind and do not watch the business of your mind. Focus on the sensation of the breathing as it enters your nostrils and as it leaves.

At first, your mind will be very busy, and you might even feel that the meditation is making our mind busier; but in reality we are just becoming more aware of how busy our mind actually is. There will be a great temptation to follow the different thoughts as they arise, but try and resist this and remain focused single-pointedly on the sensation of the breath. If you discover that our mind has wandered and is following our thoughts, immediately and gently return to the breath. We should repeat this as many times as necessary until the mind settles on the breath. Start with just a few minutes at a time and build up to around 20 minutes if you can.