The Counting Breath Meditation

One of the most basic meditations is to simply focus on your breath and count. This is done as follows:

Sit comfortably on the floor or chair.

Breathe even and naturally, in and out using this count:

  • Breathe in, counting 1,2.
  • Breathe out, counting 3,4.
  • Breathe in, counting 1,2.
  • Breathe out, counting 3,4.

Do this for 5 minutes.

Once you become comfortable with this, you can extend the breathing pattern:

  • Breathe in, counting 1,2,3.
  • Breathe out, counting, 4,5,6.

You can extend this further:

  • Breathe in, counting 1,2,3,4,5.
  • Breathe out, counting 6,7,8,9,10.

Do this meditation for 5-10 minutes a day.

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