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Zen Basics No.6 – Body Breathing Mantra

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Many Zen practitioners who meditate regularly find it useful to use mantras or phrases to keep them focussed on their breath. Linking your breathing to the thought that your body is relaxed can help you to feel relaxed as you sit in meditation.

The particular mantra that we recommended for body relaxation focusses your breathing in a way that will help you to calm and relax your body.

As you take long breaths in say to yourself: “Breathing in I am aware that my body is calm and relaxed”. And then, as you breathe out, you repeat the mantra, saying: “Breathing out I am aware that my body is calm and relaxed”.

So, as you breath in and out through your nose, you just repeat the mantra silently to yourself.

You can learn to use your breathing to induce Zen mindfulness which will enable yourself to live, work and play in The Zone at our Tiger Seminars.

Zen Basics No.5 – Mind Breathing Mantra

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When you are meditating it can sometimes be useful to use a mantra or phrase to keep yourself focussed on your breath. Linking your breathing to a calm mind can be particularly useful.

First of all, “what is a mantra?” A mantra is a word or sound repeated frequently to aid concentration during meditation. Mantras are used frequently by Zen Buddhists and Hindus.

The particular mantra that is about to be recommended is a way of focussing on your breathing in a way that will help you to calm and clear your mind.

As you take long breaths in and out repeat this Zen mantra: “Breathing in I am aware that my mind is calm and clear”. And then, as you breathe out, you repeat the mantra, saying: “Breathing out I am aware that my mind is calm and clear”.

So, as you breath in and out through your nose, you just repeat the mantra silently to yourself.

You can learn to use Zen mindfulness to enable yourself to live, work and play in The Zone at our Tiger Seminars.