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Lions Roar : September 2017
The Meditation There are many kinds of breath medita- tions. Some have been written down, while others have only been transmitted orally from teacher to student. The fol- lowing is a basic breath meditation from the Vajrayana tradition: 1. Adjust the body into a comfortable position, and start the practice by becoming aware of your breath. Notice the inhalation and exhalation. 2. As you notice the breath, continue to let go of thoughts as they arise. Each time you are distracted by clinging to a thought, return to the breath. Keep doing this over and over again. 3. Eventually, as you exhale, become aware of your breath escaping and dissolving into space. Experience the same thing with the inhalation. 4. Slowing down, begin to allow your awareness to mix into open space with the breath on both the inhale and exhale. 5. To deepen the practice, begin to hold the breath after the inhalation for a few seconds before exhaling. By doing this, you are splitting the breath into three parts: inhalation, holding, and exhalation. Keep doing this. 6. As you inhale, begin to chant om to yourself. As you hold, chant ah. As you exhale, chant hung. Chanting these sacred syllables helps to further support awareness and is believed to purify our minds. 7. As you continue with exhalation, relax more. Continue awareness practice, let- ting go of thoughts and returning to the breath. Do this for as long as you can. ♦ “unexpectedly centering.” @simply_sitting /simplysittinggear simplysitting.com f ind true center the ultra lightweight meditation seat that breaks down and reassembles in one swift, magnetic motion for easy portability patented pedestal design promotes perfect posture, balance, and breathing the evolution of the meditation bench handcrafted and curved for comfort “groundbreaking.” “a total game changer.” LION’S ROAR | SEPTEMBER 2017 29 CULTURE • LIFE • PRACTICE