A tibetan meditation method has proven extremely effective for me (with practice). For months I would breathe in and out during times needed to let go. I was taught to picture an image in my head; it could be anything. As I breathe in, it comes closer to me and as I breathe out it draws further away. It has progressively become more and more effective on alleviating negative thoughts and as a matter of fact… thoughts at all. I learned from watching tibetan teacher at a conference teaching mediation.
As I said I have been practicing for months. Last night the image that I had been viewing for the last few months decides to change. It used to be a snow covered mountain that would draw itself in and out but for this time; for what reason I am not sure. What once was snow covered peaks daunting and treacherous yet beautiful mountains turned into an extremely simplicit image of a yellow flower. Now perhaps more simple, and meaningful to me the meditation was even more calming. I have been drawing flowers in my graffiti for quite some time. Drawing eyes inside my flowers; watching over the city. I love drawing them.
I am happy the flower has arrived and thought I would share the ideology of meditation, clarity and growth it brings.
Sedative poetry for meditating
Allow its resignating
In your psyche’
Designed effects: deep breaths n closing eyelids
It’s you and I
Mellow your senses, light candles or incences
Again; return to the breath and remain centred
Clear your mind, it’s only your breath
Vision a bright light, now concentrate on its depth
Breathing like calming ocean tides
These spoken rhymes a guide
To relax or open minds
Sending you to your to splendor
Which is… whatever you desire.
Changing Yourself Through Your Breath
|Deep breathing has been used to prepare for meditation since the beginning of human civilization. In the Hindu tradition, this practice was called pranayama and was used by yogis to improve their health and prepare for meditation.
My teacher used to say that “Your breath is your power”. And when you see someone full of energy and vitality, you’re seeing someone who understands the power of deep breathing.
My friend Diana shows you a style of meditation that uses a powerful deep breathing technique on this page (click here to check it out).
When you use a proper breathing technique, it will trigger natural and automatic movements which will relieve the tension that you have accumulated in your body. This will allow you to be far more mindful and will train your body to be effortlessly mindful in day to day life.
That’s why my teacher was right to place so much importance on deep breathing.
And it’s also why you should check out this style of meditation.
There once lived a great warrior. Though quite old, he still was able to defeat any challenger. His reputation extended far and wide throughout the land and many students gathered to study under him.
One day an infamous young warrior arrived at the village. He was determined to be the first man to defeat the great master. Along with his strength, he had an uncanny ability to spot and exploit any weakness in an opponent. He would wait for his opponent to make the first move, thus revealing a weakness, and then would strike with merciless force and lightning speed. No one had ever lasted with him in a match beyond the first move.
Much against the advice of his concerned students, the old master gladly accepted the young warrior’s challenge. As the two squared off for battle, the young warrior began to hurl insults at the old master. He threw dirt and spit in his face. For hours he verbally assaulted him with every curse and insult known to mankind. But the old warrior merely stood there motionless and calm. Finally, the young warrior exhausted himself. Knowing he was defeated, he left feeling shamed.
Somewhat disappointed that he did not fight the insolent youth, the students gathered around the old master and questioned him. “How could you endure such an indignity? How did you drive him away?”
“If someone comes to give you a gift and you do not receive it,” the master replied, “to whom does the gift belong?”