by Christine Sine
Welcome to Meditation Monday. Today I am going to try something a little different.
Like many of us, I am constantly wondering how to maintain my equilibrium in the midst of the very trying times in which we find ourselves. I am frequently looking for practices that help me relax and refresh myself. I am particularly inspired by those that draw me into the presence of God and help me to feel the warm embrace of that presence.
I have looked at a lot of different mindfulness practices over the last few weeks and there are so many out there that it is hard to know where to start. Even my Fitbit has suggestions and I decided last week to give their 3 mintute breathing meditation a go.
It started well – take some deep, slow breaths in and out breathing in through your nose and out through your mouth, it encouraged. Great, I thought. I like this. Then it encouraged, “feel your breath going deep into your stomach.” Into my stomach – no way. All that does is produce wind and belching. I want my breath to go deep into my lungs and out through my bloodstream to my extremities. So I decided it was time I created my own breathing prayer meditations – complete with prayers and scriptures to help ground me in the places that I feel the most need to be grounded in. It is a little more than 3 minutes (like 15!) but I personally have found this to be the perfect length of time for a practice like this. Enjoy!