Noticing sounds in our surroundings, sensations in our body and our breath are one-pointedness things, or one point of focus we can use as an anchor to the present moment. In this particular meditation, Jiva has us rest our awareness on our breath.
If we are in an uncomfortable stance, we probably won’t be able to meditate for long. Thus, taking a moment to check in with ourselves by doing a quick body scan can help us to get comfortable. I checked in with myself and adjusted my shoulders. Now that I was comfortable, I was ready to meditate.
Placing one hand on my chest and the other on my stomach, I rested my attention on my breath. After so many breaths, my mind would wander, as minds are notorious for doing. Each time I noticed this, I would bring my attention to rest back to my breath. Every now and then I noticed gaps occurring in between my thoughts. It was in these moments where I felt a sense of freedom. Having this sense of freedom from thinking, I felt an inner peace grow. Having this inner peace, I was free to just be and observe how my entire body breathed effortlessly on it’s own.
Since meditating, I have informed others of its many benefits. They have told me either that they can’t sit for long and ‘do nothing’ for fear of falling asleep or they feel they are doing something wrong because their mind can’t focus for long on one thing, such as their breath. As I have said to these people and as Jiva says in this meditation, our mind will wander. It is what they do. The key is to take note of when it occurs, with a nonjudgmental mind, and bring the focus back to the breath. Over time, our focus muscle will get better. As a quote says, “We don’t have to be great to start. But, we have to start to be great.” Namaste 🙏🏻❤️☮️