What is Breath Awareness Meditation?

Breath awareness meditation is a form of a mindful breathing practice through which you can improve concentration, reduce stress and anxiety, and experience stillness altogether. The main goal is to block passing thoughts and emotions, while shifting your concentration solely on your breathing. But, as the mind is crowded, busy space, thoughts tend to surface once you start trying to concentrate. The solution is to not get restless and agitated; simply acknowledge the thoughts and slowly divert your attention away from them, back to the breathing and tranquility. 

The Method:

  • Use a room or space that is quiet and free of moving distractions.
  • Get yourself into a comfortable position, preferably sit upright or lie down if it is too difficult.
  • Slightly raise and tilt your head upwards. 
  • Either place your hands on your lap or by your side with your palms facing upwards.
  • Close your eyes, take some time to experience the stillness and begin to draw your attention towards your breathing.
  • Begin to inhale and exhale. Hold each inhalation and exhalation for a couple of seconds (do how much ever you are comfortable with).
  • Try to maintain your attention on your breathing cycle, and continue doing this exercise for about 7 to 10 minutes.
  • You can also try to ask yourself what you are grateful and thankful for, during the practise, to be more mindful.
  • At the end of the practise, sit still for a few minutes to self-reflect, and open your eyes with a big smile!
  • You must try doing this meditation daily, for 7 to 10 minutes, to experience mindfulness and inner peace.

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