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Anapanasati Meditation with Music

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Dorothy Ratusny
Psychotherapist & Meditation Teacher
Ānāpānasati, meaning "mindfulness of breathing", is a form of Buddhist meditation originally taught by Gautama Buddha and a core meditation practice in the Theravada tradition. The Ānāpānasati Sutta specifically concerns mindfulness of inhalation and exhalation, as a part of paying attention to one's body in quietude. Enjoy this beautiful and ancient practice. Namaste!
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J.W.
anapanasati = sublime awareness
Breathe In Deeply Slowly Completely Count to three Exhale to emptiness Repeat The world will open itself to you
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Keith
Breathe
To draw the breath and release in complete awareness is an exercise in personal intervention in the chaotic nature of our days. Even in moments of solitude, one finds oneself in a still safe place.
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Steve
Anapanasati meditation with music
I found this to be a powerful way to centre my focus and to emphasise the rmoment being experienced. At the end of this meditation I felt both alert and refreshed but also relaxed at the same time. It’s good to know that this is available for me to use whenever I want to re-centre myself.
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Kathy
My Breath
I found that concentrating on and counting each breath drew more awareness to the power of my breath. I have not counted my breathing in this manner previously and I found this practice to be very focused and centering. I became both more aware and relaxed.
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Cyndee
Finding oneness with the Divine
Being still and present, counting breaths, my only focus is feeling the air I breath and just staying connected within. Namaste 🙏
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Mau
AnPasa...
I’m interested in learning Sanskrit which is exciting for me! Such a calm balanced meditation love this! My passion
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Tara
Learned a new Sanscrit word
It was very helpful having someone else count for me since i have a short attention span. I’ve had a number of disappointments this morning but this calmed me and brought me back to center. I really can’t ask for anything more than that. 🌷🥰🌷🌷🙏
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Matthew
Dozed off...dropped phone
That didn't go well. 🙄 Had a poor night’s sleep despite accidentally taking two doses of Nyquil for this head cold!
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Judith
Marvelous way to begin
I feel FABULOUS. And any time the day gets frantic I can take some time to practice and focus on the breath
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Susan
Refreshed
I learned that mindful breathing leaves me calm, focused and refreshed
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Cherish
Welcoming...
Anapanasati, or conscious awareness of our breath is one of the simplest portals that we can use to connect to the present moment where we will find stillness. It is in this stillness where we can connect to our inner wisdom and ultimately, the Divine. In this meditation, Dorothy has us count our inhalation for a time and then switch to counting our exhalation for the rest of the time. When we count our breaths, our mind is put to a task and thoughts can not interfere. Therefore, counting our breaths can be a useful tool for any one of us that is either new to meditation or is having a hard time focusing due to a case of monkey mind. Beginning to focus only on my inhalation, feeling the fresh air enter my nostrils and fill my lungs, I counted to 10. Switching to focusing only on my exhalation, feeling my lungs empty out the used air and exit my nostrils, I counted to 10. Focusing on both my inhalation and exhalation at the same time, I welcomed this stillness I felt within. I welcomed this connection with my inner wisdom and ultimately, the Divine, where my being was filled with light and joy. When I opened my eyes after listening to this meditation, my mind is calm, yet focused and my body is refreshed. Thank you Dorothy! Namaste 🙏🏻❤️☮️
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Leah
I loved this
It was an amazing meditation and so amazing.I think you should  definitely listen to it.
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Walter J
Anapansati-ing...
Such a nice, calming meditation! Dorothy’s strong but whispery voice is a perfect fit for this longer session. She had me focus on my inhalation’s first... ‘feeling’ it right between my nose & upper lip - I felt this area become the center of the Universe & everything was slowly moving/twirling/circling around it like an old-school lp vinyl record... Then she had me counting my inhales which which became somewhat distracting because my breathes are deeper so I tried to change them to match her counting which was a bit counterproductive. But she gave ample time to get into my own rhythm and got me circling again. Next I was focused on my exhalations & my attention dove immediately into my belly. I like to exhale thru my mouth, which she did reference at one point, and give a little squeeze at the end to get all my old breathe out and lends itself naturally to a deeper inhalation. My belly squeezing reminded me of my upright posture and I felt tall like a tower in the sky with a strong inner structure that grew a little taller with each exhale we counted. I seemed more in tune with her counting this time and continued on with the extra space she gave us... Overall Dorothy gets a 👍🏼 ‼️ I give her extra credit for using a Sanskrit word too. I love that language and would love to study it more. It seems to flow off your lips like a song ... Ana pana sati... ❤️🛕🍀
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Jessica
Standard Counting Breaths Meditation
Although I always love counting breaths meditations, I didn’t enjoy the tutorial parts of this meditation. Dorothy counts the breaths, but I breathe slower than she counts. Otherwise, this meditation is a nice standard counting breaths meditation and a calming experience.
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Nick
Radiance
Practicing this meditation put me in an all over glow. I felt as I was breathing directly into my third eye. I feel amazing and radiant afterwards.
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