Awake & Evolve: Cycle 4 - Beginners Zen Meditation
“Zen is not “attained” by mirror-wiping mediation, but by “self-forgetfulness in the existential ‘present’ of life here and now.” We do not “come”, we “are.” Don’t strive to become, but be.”
Begin by taking a half lotus position, full lotus position, crossed legs seat, or simply sit in a chair. In a seated position you can allow the chi to flow freely through the body with the breath.
Close the eyes and begin to listen to your breath pattern. Your only focus now is breathing slow and deep.
Take 6 full deep breaths, on the inhale count to 6, and on the exhale again count to 6 again.
Now let the breath flow naturally from your belly. Keep your attention focused only on your breath, as the mind begins to wander, come back to the breath again and again.
This is the essence of a Zen practice, simply be here, quiet with your breath, and nothing else.
Try to stay here for at least 10-15 minutes, enjoying the benefits of this simple practice.
Topic: Awake & Evolve Yoga
Mindith is a born mover. She has spent her life exploring various athletic disciplines, starting with ballet and modern dance from an early age. She went on to become a E-RYT 500 certified yoga therapist and teacher and discovered CrossFit after the birth of her daughter. Mindith coached CrossFit at a number of boxes near her home in Southern California, which lead to her involvement in Russian kettlebells and Olympic weightlifting. She has coached a wide variety of populations and cares... Read More