Do Not Overlook the Importance of Meditation Breathing… Inhale and Exhale Your Way to Bliss

One of the most important aspects of meditation is breathing, and you might not think that you need to know any more than that. With meditation breathing, however, you don’t simply breathe on autopilot as you would during your normal day-to-day activities.

Meditation breathing is slightly more involved than that.

And since breathing is such an important part of successful meditation, it is worth reading a thing or two about how to do it properly.

Under normal circumstances, you probably don’t give a second thought to your breathing. You don’t have to repeatedly tell yourself to inhale and exhale over the course of the day; you just naturally do it without thinking, with your brain working in conjunction with your body so that you are always continuously breathing. You really only become aware of your breath when a change occurs, such as when you are breathing harder after working out.

You also need to be aware of your breathing during your meditation sessions. While you are meditating, your breathing should be slow, deep, and deliberate. You want to savor and enjoy each breath that you take in and take note of how each breath feels travelling through your body.

You also want to make sure that you are breathing with your diaphragm, which most people do not do. You can tell pretty easily whether or not you’re breathing with your diaphragm, because if you are not, when you take in a deep breath, your shoulders will rise at your chest will puff out. When you breathe with your diaphragm, your chest does not expand. Rather, your diaphragm slightly tugs down on your lungs, thus allowing them to draw in air.

At the tip, when you are practicing meditation breathing, make sure that your stomach and chest remain relatively still, with the movement occurring instead over your upper abdomen. It can take some practice to learn how to breathe with your diaphragm, but in doing so you will be able to get yourself into a calm and relaxed state of mind much quicker.

Once you start breathing with your diaphragm, you can also engage in some visualization techniques. As you inhale, imagine the air moving down towards your lungs. And then as you exhale, imagine toxins and waste being expelled from your body, which will be replaced with clean, pure air.

Focusing on meditation breathing can greatly improve your meditation sessions, as your breath is one of the chief sources from which you derive life. You may not think that there is any kind of skill involved with breathing, however, there is to a certain extent; singers can attest to this as well. If you can become a master of your own breath, then you can greatly help yourself to reduce the amount of stress and anxiety that exists in your life.

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Rachel, the owner of Your Best, is a traveler, marketer, and lover of adventure. She started meditating a few years ago, while living in Brazil, and has REALLY enjoyed the benefits of meditation since then. With regular meditation, Rachel reports feeling more calm, at peace, relaxed… and having a greater sense of “knowing”. That being said, she doesn’t always remember to meditate… … and is working on practicing more often. She finds that guided meditations help a lot, though. It can be really difficult to get still yourself, so having someone point you in the direction you want to take is priceless. When not meditating, Rachel has several other passions. Her interests range from reading, traveling, belly dancing, psychology, yoga, Toastmasters, and everything in between.

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