Five Meditation Techniques for Living in the Present
To become successful and joyful, you must succeed in generating inner peace. But when our lives are full of chaos, it can be difficult to work out exactly how to go about it.
One of the best and most consistent ways is through meditation techniques. Meditation is a great practice that helps us relax and find inner peace.
The problem is it can be hard to figure out how to practice meditation properly if you haven’t got access to an expert.
So below, we’re going to go over meditation techniques from none other than the Zen Buddhist Master, Thich Nhat Hanh.
1) Mindful Breathing
According to Thich Nhat Hanh, this is the most simple and basic meditation technique, but also the most useful. Why? Because we’re always breathing. You can literally practice this anywhere, anytime, even if it’s for 15 seconds.
The main crux of this technique is that you simply focus on your breath.
Here is Thich Nhat Hanh explaining how to go about it:
Please, when you breathe in, do not make an effort of breathing in. You just allow yourself to breathe in. Even if you don’t breathe in it will breathe in by itself. So don’t say, “My breath, come, so that I tell you how to do.” Don’t try to force anything, don’t try to intervene, just allow the breathing in to take place….What you have to do is be aware of the fact that the breathing in is taking place. And you have more chance to enjoy your in-breath. Don’t struggle with your breath, that is what I recommend. Realize that your in breath is a wonder. When someone is dead, no matter what we do, the person will not breathe in again. So we are breathing in, that is a wonderful thing….