The Fairfield IOWA Meditation in March was a huge success with the help of my friend, Jessica, and the group that she put together. I had never meditated before, but I was ready to start when I heard Jessica was bringing in a meditation retreat the month of March. Jessica is a fantastic teacher, and I would not have joined without her. After the retreat was over, I went back to looking at the images from the retreat.
Although it was a very quiet retreat, there was a lot of great content from both the group and the facilitators. The images I chose to share with you were from a meditative breathing session with Jessica and a meditation in the afternoon. In this session, we started with a series of short breaths, one in each nostril, and then we slowly brought our breaths down to a normal breathing rate, which is a slow, deep, and controlled breathing of about ten breaths per minute.
This is a great exercise that can be used to relax your body and mind. I’ve been using it in conjunction with yoga for years now and it works great to increase focus, creativity, and calm. But I have to admit that I was a bit nervous about sharing it with you because my meditation practice is really new to me. I have been meditating as part of a group for about a year now.
It’s actually my second time doing this exercise, but that’s okay, I’m sure you’ll do it too. I have to say though, I had some problems finding the right exercise to use in conjunction with the rest of my meditation practice. But after much experimentation, I found a quiet place somewhere and began breathing into my nose and out through my mouth.
Breathing into the nose and out through my mouth works a lot like how you would do this exercise in a real meditative state. You start by inhaling a deep breath and exhaling through your nose and mouth. You can do this exercise without using your inhaler or your mouth. If you do, you can end up having to breathe through your nose and mouth, which would be awkward.
By doing this at home, you can also practice in complete silence. Breathing into your nose and out through your mouth is the same as doing the exercise in a silent room, but you don’t have to do that at all. The reason for this is because the breath is more subtle and you can do it when you can’t hear anything beyond your breathing.
In this exercise, you are breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth. This is the same as when you do the exercise as well. The key is to inhale and hold it for about 20 seconds. Then exhale through your mouth, but not fast. This will be easier if you have a good inhaler, but you don’t have to use it unless you want to.
You could also put on some heavy metal music and let your breathing just stop, but there’s a lot of good music out there that does that, so you don’t have to.
This exercise is an excellent way to start off meditating for meditation. You start out breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth. This is the same as when you do the exercise as well. The key is to inhale and hold it for about 20 seconds. Then exhale through your mouth, but not fast. This will be easier if you have a good inhaler, but you dont have to.
For me it is difficult to keep my lungs from filling up with air and then bursting. The same thing happens to the heart too, and my breathing just starts to get worse. The good news is that once you get into this exercise, you will have some control over your breathing. I find it to be much more challenging than the exercise described above, but it is a great way to get started.