Breathing Exercise

It is common for the breath to be focus for meditation practice. During this course, I will be taking you through three increasingly difficult breathing exercises. Please practice the following daily for a week and journal your thoughts and impressions.

To do normal breathing, sit quietly and calmly with a straight back, on a chair or a firm cushion on the floor. Close your eyes and just pay attention. It is often difficult for beginners to focus their minds on breath, and many find that they have to keep reining their thoughts in. It may be helpful to count during breathing from one to ten and then backward from ten to one, repeating the cycle for five or ten minutes. Don't count the breaths themselves, just count as slowly or as quickly as seems comfortable and enough to keep your thoughts from wandering.