Inhale, exhale. Inhale, exhale.
Breathing. It's so simple, right? So simple, in fact, that we don't even have to consciously think about it in order for it to happen, our body just does it. Isn't the human body a wonderful thing?
Breathing is a huge part of meditation and is what our session was about on day six.
While the first instinct may be to control our breath in our meditation practice, instead, we're simply noticing our breath more than anything. As instructed by Light today, "Whenever we're aware that we're thinking, we're going to notice our breathing. There are times in meditation where we're thinking, but we're not aware that we're thinking and there are other times in meditation where we are thinking and we're very aware that we're thinking. When we're not aware that we're thinking in meditation, there's nothing to do...but the moment we become aware that we're thinking, in these moments, we're just going to begin to notice our breathing."
In meditation, we use our breath as an anchor point. There are no expectations from doing so - we're not trying to stop our thoughts with our breath or be totally focused on the breath. In our seven minute practice today, Light encouraged us to still notice our thoughts without judgement or expectation but the moment we started to notice that we were thinking, we were to simply notice our breathing until we lose awareness of the fact that we're even meditating.
I have to say: this has been my favorite session so far and I found these breathing techniques to be incredibly helpful! It was very therapeutic and grounding to come back to my breath the few times I noticed my thoughts getting away from me. Looking forward to session number seven to build off of today.