When somebody says meditation what comes to your mind? Sitting around in a lotus position chanting ‘Om.’ to reach a higher plane. That’s what I thought about it a while back (we’re talking like years and years ago). Here is what Dictionary.com defines Meditation as:
1. the act of meditating.
2. continued or extended thought; reflection; contemplation.
4. devout religious contemplation or spiritual introspection.
What I was thinking it was is transcendental meditation. Which Dictionary.com defines as:
transcendental meditation: noun
1. a technique, based on ancient Hindu writings, by which one seeks to achieve a relaxed state through regular periods of meditation during which a mantra is repeated.
Follow the rabbit hole far enough and you find, “the act of meditating, continuous calm thought upon a subject.” (Dictionary.com word origins). I like that one a lot and in further musings on the subject we shall meditate on what it means to meditate. But for now down to the basics.
There are a lot of techniques out there but to start this month off we just are going to focus on the breathing aspect of it. I have referred to it on the Building Balance page and this post but I am going to start simple here.
We’re talking diaphragmatic breathing. On the inhale your belly expands like a beach ball and on the exhale your suck in that beer gut. It should be a nice comfortably deep breath with a slight pause at the top and bottom. Most people hover at around 5 seconds for the inhale and 5 seconds for the exhale. But you should experiment to see what feels the best. Everyone has their own resonant frequency. A 5 second inhale and exhale gets you 6 breaths per minute. Try out one or both of these apps to help you find your resonant frequency:
The next couple of days practice breathing for about 10 minutes a day. That’s our challenge; to meditate (or a variation on that theme) each day this month for at least 10 minutes. Along the way I will blog about my take on meditation and what I find works best for me. Until the next time God Bless!
“Then the Lord God formed the man out of the dust from the ground and breathed the breath of life into his nostrils, and the man became a living being.”