Come to a comfortable seated position, and join me for a traditional Anapanasati meditation. Let your mind, body, and breath settle into this moment. You have to bring your attention inwards to start the practice of Anapanasati, and the easiest place to begin is by focusing on your breath.
Pay attention to the ingoing and outgoing breath, its texture and its rhythm. No matter how it feels, sounds, tastes, or smells, simply acknowledge that your breath is moving in and out, in and out, in and out…Challenge yourself and see if you can stay with the breath for the entire length of inhalation until it falls back into exhalation.
If you notice your breath changes, remember it’s only natural, and try not to judge yourself. Change is the only constant thing in this universe, and even if you remain absolutely perfectly still during this meditation, your breath is still going to fluctuate. So don’t pass judgment, just acknowledge the change and bring your attention back to the breath.
This is the truth of the universe - we are always changing. Meditation teaches us both how to recognize this change and attempt to achieve a state of changelessness. It may take a lifetime of practice to get there, but every step on the path of yoga is a path forward. We are never perfect, only perfect students, practicing our craft and learning new things.
Only with continued practice can we ever hope to reach true mindfulness and break the old habits of the mind. Take this episode of Yoga Inspiration as your sign to practice today.Tell me - what inspires you to practice yoga? Send an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. You could be invited to guest spot on The Yoga Inspiration Podcast.
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