Breathing is an activity that we do both unconsciously and consciously. Like our heart that beats without our conscious control, our breathing is mostly under the control of our unconscious mind. Unlike our heartbeat that we have no control over, we can influence our breathing to some degree, both the depth and the frequency of the breaths.
To do this simple meditation:
- Drink a cup of water. Find a comfortable place where you can be comfortable and undisturbed for 10 to 15 minutes.
- Close your eyes, and either lie down or sit down in a relaxed manner. Your spine must be straight and at-ease.
- Allow yourself to breath in gently and softly.
- Before you exhale, take in a little more breath. This gently expands your breathing capacity. Each time you practice this expansion process, increase this additional inhalation slightly. Do not force yourself to expand your inhalation instead, invite yourself to do so. Let it be a soft and gradual process.
- Exhale deeply and slowly, like a sigh.
- Repeat step 3 to 5 as long as you feel comfortable expanding your inhalation. But don't go to the point of dizziness or discomfort. There is no point of having you collapsing during a meditation.
- After a few minutes of this exercise, your mind might wander. Gently bring your attention back to your breathing without judging or admonishing your wandering mind.
- As you practice more, you might start to feel tingling or twitches as energy passages are enlarged and energized by your cleansing and powerful breaths. Your body might even vibrate. This is normal.
- Without taking your attention away from your breathing, just allow your experience to unfold easily. You might find yourself relaxing deeper and deeper, you might find yourself feeling elated, the possibilities are endless. Or, you might not have any noticeable experience. Let what you experience be. Enjoy each and every breath you take.