Begin by lighting a relaxing candle to gently scent the air and calm your mind. Choose candle with stress-relieving essential oils of Lavender, Vetiver or Jasmine.
Remove your shoes and sit comfortably in a cross-legged position on a yoga mat with your palms resting gently on your knees. If you don’t have a yoga mat, use a folded blanket to sit on so your bones and joints don’t get uncomfortable and distract you once you get a few minutes into the meditation. This is a lovely ritual for those who are new to meditation as it has a very beautiful intention and doesn’t demand too much discipline or discomfort.
Close your eyes, roll your shoulders back and down, tuck your chin gently under to lengthen your spine and neck, relax, release and allow your whole body to participate in the breathing process.
Focus on lengthening your exhalation so that your exhalations are one or two seconds longer than your inhalations. Try breathing in for a count of four, exhaling out for a count of six or eight.
In our most relaxed state, the end of each exhalation is met by a short pause. Lingering in this sweet spot is deeply relaxing and will evoke feelings of profound stillness. As you breathe in imagine breathing in calm, positive, loving thoughts, as you exhale, breathe out any tension and negativity.
Focus on your breath, feel the flow of air in and out, feel your stomach gently expand and contract.
After five minutes or so, slowly bring your hands to prayer or namsaste position at your heart. Breathe in love to yourself, as you breathe out send love to others. Turn your mouth up gently at the edges to form a smile and open your eyes.
Set aside five to ten minutes everyday for this simple breathing meditation. Give yourself these moments of peace everday – you and everybody around you will benefit from your renewed sense of calm.