Many of us have tried to meditate but stopped when we become bored or frustrated, NOT NOW!

Try resting your mind on a single point or object of focus.

The Laika developed a form of meditation called Stopping the World.

They inhale and follow their breath into their body, exhale, and follow their breath to join the mountains and the wind.

Eventually they become their breath and are able to ride the wind anywhere they chose, to visit in their imagination the four corners of the world.

Try this:

Sit in a darkened room with a small candle lit before you.

As you gaze at the candle, note that your awareness is like the flame, darting here and there, blown first in one direction and then another.

Invite your mind to be the observer as you focus on your in-breath.

Find the space at the top of the breath where the lungs are comfortably full and pause there for an instant, silently saying “I am…”

As you exhale, notice how your breath stirs the flame ever so slightly.

Release all the air in your lungs, and at the bottom of the breath, pause for an instant and silently say “My breath…
I am my breath.”

Continue the exercise for five minutes.

As you become more comfortable sitting still, you will gradually increase the duration of your inhalation and your exhalation.

Research has shown that meditation results in longer telomeres, the end-caps of chromosomes that protect the integrity of DNA and determine health and longevity.

Just as stress switches on the genes that create cardiovascular disease and cancer, the serenity of meditation switches on the genes for a long and healthy life.

Credits – Alberto Villoldo, The Four Winds & their Teachers, all My Teachers and Guides, Great Spirit, Pachamama.

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