I have been trying to get back into a regular meditation practice this week – just ten minutes each morning focusing on my breath.
There’s a few reasons for this. One is that I feel much better and calmer when I do this regularly. I have also been working with my physiotherapist on relaxing and opening the muscles around my sternum and diaphragm (as well as all the rest of my body), and attention to breathing aids this.
This morning, however, I ran into a problem. How can you meditate if you can barely breathe?!
It’s hayfever season here – all the native trees are busy spreading pollen and I live near a bush reserve. We’re also having a wonderfully warm late Spring/early Summer, which seems to be both encouraging the plants to greater heights of pollen-production and drying everything out so it blows around more (thank you soooo much, La Nina). And it’s only the second day of December…
So, today is warm with light breezes and mega-pollen. Three hours after taking the anithistamine pill, my nose has finally settled down. My lungs are still not entirely convinced, but at least I’m not constantly sneezing and gasping for breath. Technically, I suppose, I have been focused on my breathing all morning – just not in a good way! And I’ve still got time to ‘do’ some meditation before lunch
And it could be worse: