In last week's blog post I wrote about a simple meditation technique that anyone can do. It is based on mantra meditation, or if you prefer, sacred word meditation. It's a way of tricking the mind to quiet down by speaking your chosen sacred word out loud for a while, then saying it softer and softer until you are repeating it mentally. The hard part is actually getting yourself to sit!
In choosing your sacred word, I suggested using a mantra--an ancient phrase, usually quite short, that has a vibration that calms, focuses, and heals the mind. There are hundreds,
Anyone with breathing challenges such as COPD or asthma knows the frightening feeling of not being able to catch your breath when out and about. Maybe you needed to get to the grocery store and just the short walk from your car has made you breathless. Do you panic? Do you give up on your errand and just get back to your car before you freak out? Do you berate yourself for your inability to function like a normal person?
Here's the good news! A gentle meditation practice, along with some pursed lip breathing, can get you out of trouble before breathlessness becomes a problem. Let's look into it!