Breathing Meditation Techniques for Beginners

A breathing meditation is probably one of the easiest beginners meditation techniques that you can choose. Initially it can be done sitting down or laying down. If you decide to progress further with this technique it can also be quite energetic as you help your breath to move through your body. We’ll concentrate here on the easier side of things!

A Simple Breathing Meditation Technique

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Start by noticing your breathing. We tend to take our breaths for granted so begin by paying attention to each breath.

Start by taking a deep, slow, breath.

Notice how the air flows down into your lungs, cooling or warming up slightly according to the outside air temperature.

Pay attention to how your lungs fill with air. Notice the gentle rising of your chest as this happens.

Imagine the oxygen transferring from the air into your bloodstream.

Then pay the same degree of attention as you breathe out.

Do this a few times and you’ll likely find that even this seemingly ultra-simple breathing meditation technique helps to relax you.

And remember that you can do this anywhere and at any time.

Next level beginners breathing meditation

Once you’ve got the basic idea of noticing your breathing it’s time to take yourself to the next level if you want to.

Breathing meditation techniques imageThere’s no pressure with this – if you’re happy with just spending a few minutes one or two times a day noticing your breathing, that’s fine. It will help you relax and de-stress.

But if you’d like to make your breathing meditation sessions slightly more formal then try this idea out.

Sit or lie down and allow your eyes to close if you want to.

Breathe in and out as before.

But this time, imagine that every time you breathe out, any worries or stresses that you had are being breathed out with the exhaled air.

Imagine those stresses leaving your body, maybe contained in a bubble that bursts harmlessly when it’s far enough away from you and just dissolves back into the atmosphere. Taking the stresses and strains that used to be in your body with it.

You can even take this a step further if you want and imagine that your blood is acting in harmony with your body, gathering up any dis-ease that may be impairing your health and letting it hitch a ride with your exhaled breath.

You may find that last idea is best done in conjunction with a guided breathing exercise that helps you to concentrate on the subtle details that help this work easier.