Sitting meditation is a powerful practice that can help us cultivate mindfulness and self understanding. By sitting quietly and bringing our attention to the present moment, we can let go of distractions and become more fully present in our lives. One of the most effective ways to practice mindfulness in sitting meditation is to use the breath as an anchor.
How to Practice Sitting Meditation with Mindfulness of the Breath
Find a quiet and comfortable space where you can sit undisturbed for the duration of your practice. You can sit on a cushion, a chair, or a meditation bench, as long as you are comfortable and your spine is straight.
Close your eyes or lower your gaze, and bring your attention to your breath. Simply observe the natural flow of your breath, without trying to change it in any way.
As you observe your breath, you may notice that your mind begins to wander. This is normal and natural, so don't worry or judge yourself for it. When you notice that your mind has wandered, simply bring your attention back to your breath, using it as an anchor to bring you back to the present moment.
You can also use your breath as a way to focus your attention on specific parts of your body. For example, you can bring your attention to the sensation of your breath as it enters and leaves your nostrils, or to the rise and fall of your chest or abdomen.
As you practice, you may notice that your mind becomes more calm and focused. You may also notice that you become more aware of your thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations. Simply observe these experiences without judgment, and bring your attention back to your breath whenever you become distracted.
You can practice sitting meditation for as long as you like, but even a few minutes a day can have a positive impact on your well-being. Try to establish a regular practice, and remember that it's okay to start small and gradually increase your practice over time.
Benefits of Sitting Meditation with Mindfulness of the Breath
Reducing stress and anxiety: By focusing on the present moment and letting go of distractions, sitting meditation can help reduce stress and anxiety.
Improving focus and concentration: As you practice bringing your attention back to your breath, you can improve your ability to focus and concentrate.
Cultivating mindfulness and awareness: Sitting meditation can help you become more aware of your thoughts, emotions, and bodily sensations, allowing you to cultivate mindfulness and self-awareness.
Enhancing overall well-being: Regular practice of sitting meditation can lead to greater calm, clarity, and inner peace, improving overall well-being and quality of life.
Explore sitting meditation for yourself!
Try these guided meditations to help you get started:
If you need help finding a comfortable posture for your meditation watch our video guide.
Or go further with our donation based course that will teach you step by step how to build a daily meditation practice.