Saying your mantra while controlling your breathing is a good combination for meditation practice.
Repeating your mantra to yourself in your mind, without speaking the words, gives your mind something to concentrate upon. Adding regulated and evenly spaced breathing calms the body and lets the mind think about the mantra.
Regulated natural breathing would be like this, for example: breathe in one count, breathe out one count, breathe in one count and continue this rhythmic pattern without holding your breath.
The two practices work in harmony toward the end result of a calm mind, rested body, and a feeling of harmony that carries over to the period after the meditation.
With daily practice the periods of harmony become ever longer and develop as the normal mode of being.
Harmony in all aspects of living is the early goal of meditation. Once harmony is achieved, our daily actions and reactions spontaneously play out for the best resolve in life situations.
This underlying peace and harmony gives one confidence that no matter what comes along, it will be dealt with equitably.
Adding the virtues to living complete the picture of a developed and conscious person, an asset to the world family.
When our mind is calm, clear, life is lived harmoniously for the best resolve and actions are virtuous. We are close to creating a personal heaven on earth.
There will be situations every day that challenge our ability to maintain personal peace and harmony, but we can and do deal with them, resolve them without disturbing our very deep core of peace. That core of peace is what meditation develops over time.
Begin daily meditation with a few minutes practice morning and night, traditionally at sunrise and sunset, but anytime that you can make for practice is right for you. As you progress in your daily practice make time for one longer meditation to go deeper into the silence and developing joy.
Joy in living is the goal
Of each and every awakening soul.
Meditation combined with acts of giving
Leads to happy, harmonious living.
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