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Meditation for Beginners Part III

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Meditation for Beginners Part III

The last few weeks I have been hosting live FaceBook events to give people a chance to learn, or re-learn some basics of meditation to start 2017 off in a calm, and more relaxed state of mind.  With all the energy of the more recent currents events, we all need to find some calm, centering peace of mind amidst the chaos going on around us.

Every week we have added a different breathing exercise, gone over postures, and did a very short guided meditation with some singing bowls.  Last week we added one of my favorite and useful breathing exercises…The 4-7-8 breath.

The 4-7-8 Breath is a simple, short breathing exercise that can be done anywhere and in any position.  I actually use and find this practice most beneficial when I’m stuck in traffic.  It brings instant calm to me in an other-wise stressful situation. It acts as a natural tranquilizer for your nervous system. Tranquilizing drugs work in the begging to calm you, but often lose their effectiveness over time, which is why you will feel the need to take more.   The 4-7-8 breathing exercise may seem subdued when you first try it, but strengthens in it’s effectiveness with repetition and practice. 

   To start, place the tip of your tongue against the ridge of tissue just behind your  upper front teeth, and keep it there through the process.   Exhale completely through your mouth, feel free to make a sound when doing so.

    •    Close your mouth and inhale quietly through your nose to a mental count of four.

    •    Hold your breath for a count of seven.

    •    Exhale completely through your mouth, again making a sound as you exhale completely to a count of eight.

    •    This is one breath. Now inhale again and repeat the cycle three more times for a total of four breaths.

In performing this breathing technique, you will always inhale quietly through your nose and exhale audibly through your mouth. Keep the tip of your tongue against the ridge of mouth just behind your upper front teeth during the whole process. The time you spend on each phase is not important. What is important is the ratio of 4:7:8.  Keep each exhalation twice as long as the inhalation.  If you have trouble holding your breath, speed the exercise up, but keep to the ratio consistent.  In this case you may want to adopt a 3:5:6 ratio breath.

Use this whenever anything upsets you. It will instantly relax you and allow you to react more calmly in any situation.  In the beginning you may feel a little light headed when you try this.  Just shorten you breathing time and soon this will adjust.  You can use this breathing technique to help you fall asleep.  Try it twice a day to fully reap it’s benefits. 

Please join us on our live meditation training Monday evenings from January 9th through February 13th on https://www.facebook.com/LisaAlexanderSpeaker/ at 7:00pm.  These are short, live meditations with instructions.

If you live in the Lehigh Valley, you can join our live group meditation workshops. Go here to learn more. We start with some simple instruction and use tuning forks, singing bowls and other instruments to put you into a deep theta state. Then I guide you through a beautiful, channeled meditation for an hour of pure bliss.  You won’t even believe that you have meditated that long.  When you come out of it you will go home relaxed and ready for the best night sleep ever.  You can read some of my clients comments here.

Namaste,

Lisa Alexander

Certified Meditation Trainer

Certified Master Vibrational Sound & Energy Practitioner

Certified Intuitive

 

 

 

Meditation for Beginners Part II

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In our continuing series to start a simple meditation practice, we will add another breathing technique to give you more choices to work with and go a bit deeper with you focus and concentration.  Before we do that, I also like to add just a little bit about stretching or exercising before you sit in your chosen meditation position.

Meditating after after a walk, workout or yoga class is a great time.  You have exhausted some of the physical energy in your body which will help prepare it to sit still longer in your chosen meditation pose.  Even if you haven’t had a chance to do that first, try at least to do some light stretches that feel comfortable for you before you begin your meditation practice.

In this class we will introduce another basic breathing technique called ‘Conscious Breathing’. As the name suggests, this is any form of breathing where you are aware and conscious of the breath coming in and going out of your body.  This is a standard practice in Zen meditation.  As the Zen Buddhist monk Thích Nhất Hạnh puts it, "Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”  

The most basic form of conscious breathing is something called breath counting. The idea behind “breath counting”, is to pull the mind away from distractions and toward simple, centering presence by simply counting slow, rhythmic inhalations and exhalations.  It seems simple and is very effective to keep you focused.

Start by sitting in an erect, but comfortable position with the spine straight and head inclined slightly forward. Close your eyes and take a few deep breaths. Now let the breath come naturally without trying to influence it.  Allow it to be quiet and slow, with a steady rhythm.

  •    Inhale deeply.  On the exhale start by counting "one" to yourself. 
  •    Inhale again and this next time when you exhale, count "two," continue this and with each   exhale continue up to the count of “five." 
  •    Then begin a new cycle, counting "one" on the next exhalation.

Never count higher than "five," and count only when you exhale. If you find yourself up to "eight," 10,12, 15… You will know your mind has wandered off.  If this happens, start over at “one”.  2,3,4,5…1,2,3,4,5…it’s not always as easy as you may think.

Try to do for a few minutes before beginning your meditation.

Please join me and a like minded-community every Monday evening at 7:00pm on my FaceBook Fan page for FREE meditations from January through February 2017.  We will add a new breathing technique, mantra and guided meditation each week.  These are short 10-15 minutes practices that will end with some beautiful sounds of my singing bowls to lull you further into your meditation.

If you live in the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, then you are also welcome to join us for a live, vibrational sound, deeply relaxing guided and silent group meditation every first Tuesday of the month at 7pm.  See my calendar of events on my webpage at www.LisaAlexander.com

Please help spread and share the word so everyone can learn and relax and de-stress.

Namaste’

Lisa Alexander

Certified Meditation Trainer

Certified Master Vibrational Sound & Energy Therapist

www.LisaAlexander.com