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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.

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Zen Basics No. 4 – Breathing

Meditating in Madison Square Park, Manhattan, ...

Meditating in Madison Square Park, Manhattan, New York City (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Did you know that there are at least 16 different breaths that you take at various different times? For instance you take deep breaths, shallow breaths, you yawn, you pant and you grasp, to name but a few.

You also breath through your nose and through your mouth. Sometimes you breath in through your nose and out through your mouth, or the other way around

In Zen it is recommended that you only breath in and out through your nose. It is easier to relax and remain calm when breathing continuously through your nose.

You should always breathe quietly.

You should never force your breathing. Rather you should breathe in a relaxed, unforced manner.

To meditate all you have to do is sit still, breath quietly in and out through your nose and look down at a point just in front of where you are sitting.

You should avoid any stress or effort whilst you are meditating. Just relax and allow your mind to relax.

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