Breath meditation is the basic meditation behind all others, and so can be considered the most powerful. Even trances can be truncated in time through its use. Breath meditation is the oldest of all meditations; the first and biggest discovery of mankind. There are two main types, both of which are of Tantrik origin:
Type One: Counted Breaths
-Sit “Indian style”, with your legs crossed under you. Then rest your arms on your legs. Now, close your eyes This is called the Six Point Position, as seen below.
-Now, breath in, and count silently in your head, “In 1.”
-Breath out, and count silently, “Out 1.”
-Repeat this until you reach the “Out 10.” Then, count, still silently, “In 20.” And continue to count be tens until “Out 100.”
-Now, count silently by hundreds to 1,000. Then, start all over. Continue to do this until you have attained a calmed, thoughtless, peaceful state of mind. Should thoughts or images pop up in your head while counting, simply ignore them and they will leave as quickly as they arrive.
Type Two: Nasal Sensation
-Sit in the six-point position.
-Breath in through your nose, noticing the sensation of air moving in through your nostrils.
-Breath out, once again noticing the sensation. Focus on nothing else, and continue this slow, steady breathing until calm or when desired.
These meditations are the base of all others. However, there are two other basic types, developed by Shaolin monks and taoist scholars that should be known.
Type Three: Shaolin Trance Meditation
-Sit in the six-point position, or lay down… just don’t fall asleep. Choose a quiet place.
-Now, notice a steady sound; perhaps it’s your heart or breathing, or maybe it’s your watch.
-Choose one of these steady rhythmic sounds, and focus on it.
-The sound will become very loud. Hold your breath for periods of times, but do not hold it to the point of pain.
-The deeper trance you are in, the longer your breath can be held. The longer you meditate this way the better.
Type Four: Taoist “chi” Meditation
The most basic energy-producing meditation is Tao Meditation. The modern version of the “Tao” is defined as the pool of emotional energy created by life that has built up for all time. (Emotional energy cannot be created or destroyed; it can only be channeled.) Any emotion can be pulled from the Tao, but the most responsive are either anger or vigor.
-Close your eyes, and contemplate all of humanity with its hardships, sorrow, anger, elation, and happiness. Do this for but a brief minute.
-Draw it all in with a breath.
-Your posture will automatically become more upright and broad.
-You will fill invigorated, yet you will also feel most of the energy pass from you, as your body can only hold so much. (So far.)
-Repeat until the sought recharge is achieved.
This meditation is very adaptive and versatile. Other meditations can augment the amount of energy you can store. The basic purpose of this meditation is to convert the weakness experienced after higly consuming studies and practice to revitalization, so that one can go on even further. It can also be used to create a euphoric, confident state of mind.