Mahayana Buddhism and the Meditation
1. Squatting - to prepare the thighs and butt
2. Touching the toes both with feet together and feet apart - to prepare the hips and legs
4. The butterfly stretch - helps the groin
Now sit with One leg rested on the ground in front of the other. Close your eyes and focus on your breathing as we position our bodies. The back should held be straight as if the body were "hanging from a thread running through the top of the head." Not leaning against anything.The hands laid flat on your lap facing upward. In general, the shoulders should be held level and not too far forward.The tongue should be placed against the roof of the mouth, with the tip almost touching the upper teeth. The head is help upright to control the rest of your body in the stillness.
"Your breath is always with you." When we're born, we begin to breath. To live is to breath; "we breath until we die." Count your exhalations. Begin with one, count to ten, then start again at one. It is not a contest or a test or a trial, just a way to keep focused. If you lose count, simply begin again at 1.
Now on your last exhalation slowly open your eyes and rub your hands together slowly and softly. One last deep breathe and we are finished.
I chose this meditation because it felt relaxing even when I read it. I think it is so important to be conscious of your body and your existence and this too the time to think about just you.
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Public - 8/16/16, 5:25 AM