Awake & Evolve: Cycle 4 – Beginners Zen Meditation

The fourth cycle of Awake and Evolve workouts focuses on energizing and lengthening the muscles to improve athletic performance, with a meditation component to improve concentration and mood.

“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.”

~Bruce Lee~

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.

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