Correct Breathing is the Third Essential Step of Meditation
Deep gentle, slow rhythmical breathing
- focuses the mind,
- fills the body with oxygen
- aids relaxation,
- allows us to sit in silence with our Innermost Self
- is a basic requirement for meditation.
Note to self
When devotees of Sri Ramala Maharshi asked if ‘it is hard for westerners to withdraw inward and be still.
The Sad Guru replied’ Yes, Western civilization are rajasic or mentally overactive and we have to learn how to be quiet .
And one way to do this is to practice focused breathing as follows:
- When breathing, count the breaths: inhaling 184.108.40.206.& exhaling 220.127.116.11.
- Do this without any effort ten times.
- Then slow the breathing down by inhaling 18.104.22.168. & slowly extending the exhalation down until it reaches 22.214.171.124 126.96.36.199.
- Do this at least ten times.
- Continue to concentrate on the rhythm of the breath in and out until the mind slows right down.
- Gradually, when you are ready, imagine a beautiful light, a radiant form, with deep compassion and love vibrating, shining, pulsating outwards from the center of your heart
- Then with great reverence introduce the mantra sound, slowly, reverently and with great devotion.
Note to self
I will tell you about the mantras in the next post and in the meantime just keep practicing the focused breathing as its importance cannot be overestimated.