Archive for August, 2010

Peaceful State of Mind – Breathing Technique

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Breathing Meditation

Your world and character are moulded by your thoughts. If you look for beauty everywhere, you will find it. The more you hold onto or engage with negativity, the more that negativity will control you.

The following exercise stimulates your parasympathetic nervous system, helping to let go of mental stressors, physical tension and negative emotions.

Gently seal your lips and observe your breath.Your breath should be smooth and soundless. Begin to count your breath, inhaling for 3 seconds, pause, exhaling for 6 seconds, if this is difficult adjust to a comfortable count always ensuring the exhalation is longer than the inhalation.

There should be no stress with the breath, enjoy the sense of calmness and serenity that arises from the softness of the breath, the attention being with the breath.

Once you are comfortable with this breath begin to invite a slightly longer retention of the breath, this occurs at the end of the inhalation and before the exhalation. It is a moment of stillness, a moment of silence.

Remember the inhalation is always passive, you do not need to do anything to breath in, the exhalation arises from the inhalation.

To enhance the release of difficult emotions, mentally repeat the word “let” with each inhalation. On each exhalation, silently say the word “go”

Continue for 1 -3 minutes.

Namaste,

Megan – Om Shanti

© Copyright 2010 Megan Ward

http://www.manasayoga.com/

The Power of Being Present

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

The Power of Being Present

In order to maintain our equilibrium in life it is important to take ‘time out’ in quiet reflection, to still the mind, to find the pause in our busy lives, to be present.

It is much like when you read a book. There must be full stops, commas and spaces between the words in order to understand the story; let there be spaces in your life to help create clarity in your life.

These moments of silence can be found when you bring your awareness to the breath.

Take a few moments every day, upon  rising, retiring and throughout the day to practice the full body breathing. Inhaling breathe softly into the abdomen then chest and on exhaling release chest then abdomen.

Keep the facial muscles soft and let the body breathe naturally, remember the inhalation arises as the result of a full exhalation. There is no effort in inhaling, simply exhale fully and the next breath spontaneously arises.

In order to keep your attention with the breath, recite the words  ‘I am breathing in’ on the inhalation and ‘I am breathing out’ on the exhalation. Let your facial muscles soften, a small smile rest at your lips.

Namaste,

Megan – Om Shanti

© Copyright 2010 Megan Ward

http://www.manasayoga.com/

Breathing Meditation and Invocation

Wednesday, August 4th, 2010

Breathing Meditation

One simple way to bring awareness into your life is through walking meditation. This brings your attention to the actual experience of walking as you are doing it, focusing on the sensations in your feet and legs, feeling your whole body moving. You can also integrate awareness of your breathing with the experience.

To do this exercise, focus the attention on each foot as it contacts the ground. When the mind wanders away from the feet or legs, or the feeling of the body walking, refocus your attention. To deepen your concentration, don’t look around, but keep your gaze in front of you.

We carry our mind around with us when we walk, so we are usually absorbed in our own thoughts to one extent or another. We are hardly ever just walking, even when we are just going out for a walk. Walking meditation involves intentionally attending to the experience of walking itself.

Gratitude Invocation

Be thankful for what you have achieved.

If you have not achieved anything be thankful for having tried.

If you have not tried be thankful to be alive.

Buddha

Namaste,

Megan – Om Shanti

© Copyright 2010 Megan Ward

http://www.manasayoga.com/