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The Art of Meditation

The Art of Meditation
for you. You may find several that work and that is great. You can mix them
up however you like.
Starting with your Breath
To keep from sounding redundant throughout this guide, please make a
note of this now: Every meditation starts with your breath.
When I start with my breath I notice how the air feels as it passes into my
nose, into the center of myself, filling my belly and continuing into my legs
and throughout the rest of my body. I feel how there is a gentle breeze as
the air enters my nostrils and how my shoulders or other parts of my body
gently move as they accept the air.
With an in breath, you are nourishing and sustaining yourself. With your out
breath you are releasing toxins from your body. This nourishes and sustains
the world around you. Sit still and be present to that in and out process of
breathing. Allow your breath to slow and deepen into a naturally relaxed
Mantra Meditation or Centering Prayer
These are both very similar. Mantra use can be spiritual or secular in how
you choose to use it. Centering prayer meditation has a higher emphasis on
connecting with Spirit or the religious entity of your choice. This is probably
one of the easiest methods of stillness meditations to begin to practice as it
gives you somewhere to focus your attention.
A mantra can be a word or a sentence. OM (Oh-MMMM) is a sacred word
and is thought to contain the vibration of “ALL”. Take a slow, comfortably
deep breath in and the draw the word out through a natural and relaxed
out breath cycle. Allow deepening of the breath and the word as you settle
into your relaxation. Repeat this for as long as you like, from deep in your
voice. When your mind wanders, gently bring it back to the word.