Five simple steps to begin your meditation practice:
1.Move into a seated or lying down position. Make sure that you are comfortable yet alert.
2..Close your eyes and remain still.
3.Breathe normally. Don’t try to control or exaggerate your breathing.
4.Focus on your breathing, feel the sensation of each inhalation and exhalation. Bring your full attention to each breath. If your thoughts stray gently come back to your breath.
5.When you come to the end of your meditation, keep your movements slow and unrushed. Your limbs may feel heavy, so take this time to ease into your surroundings. Be gentle and gradual.
Remember you can’t do it wrong. Don’t worry if your breath feels shallow, if it feels hard to breathe through your nose, or if your chest is filling instead of your belly. Just relax and breathe as you are breathing. Over time your breath will feel naturally relaxed. Enjoy the calm and peaceful feelings.
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