In my last post, I described the Body Scan with pulse awareness, a simple mindfulness tool.

In this post, I outline another technique – a breath focused meditation.

Method

In order to do this meditation, the person should pay attention to their breath (preferably with their eyes shut) for a short period (for example, between two and five minutes).

Each time the mind wanders (which it will do many times), the person should bring their attention back to the breath, gently and patiently.

Do this meditation several times a day.

Benefits:

calms or settles the mind, especially worries and anxieties;
roots the person in the present, “the now”;
develops a person’s ability to focus on the task at hand while accepting the presence of problems, worries and things that need doing.

Happy meditating!

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6 thoughts on “Another Mindfulness Tool, Breath Focused Meditation

  1. I need to get back to meditation. I did it regularly up until a couple of weeks ago. Since then I have had a head which feels like a cage of mad finches and have spent the entire time wondering what’s wrong with me 😂 Your post made me think of starting It again

  2. Yeah, anxieties build up because the thoughts build up. By slowing them down, ie. practising some form of meditation, the anxiety can lessen.

  3. This is a short but great post on meditation! A lot of people assume you aren’t supposed to be thinking about anything but Meditation can be as simple as focusing on your breath.

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