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ONE POINTED FOCUS MEDITATION PREPARATION

Yogi Cameron: Hi, you guys, I'm Yogi Cameron.

Yogini Jaima: And I'm Yogini Jaima.

Yogi Cameron: And this is Inspire Living. Now in this series of getting you to meditate, we've been through the breath work, we've been through to focusing work, and now we're gonna put it together. And we're going to bring the attention to the navel area, right, in this meditation?

Yogini Jaima: This is the like hyper-focusing work. This is really to get you to focus.

Yogi Cameron: Yeah, and remember, these are all preliminary practices to build that foundation so when you do come to sit for meditation, you're truly in it and your mind is focused.

Yogini Jaima: And you try them all. This is the third practice, they can work at different times of the day, different states of your mind. Some might be better in the morning, some might be better midday, some might be better in the evening. So experiment, try them all and see which ones work for you best at different times.

Yogi Cameron: Yeah, so are you going to demonstrate?

Yogini Jaima: Yes, let's come into a comfortable seated posture. It doesn't have to be on the floor, as long as the spine is straight, and you are comfortable. Okay, so let's close the eyelids gently. And become aware of the breath at the navel. You'll notice on every inhalation, the naval expands, on every exhalation, the naval contracts. Now we're going to start to count backwards from 11 to one. 11, naval expands. 11, naval contracts. 10, naval expands. 10, naval contracts. Nine, navel expands. Nine, naval contracts.

Now you'll continue to one at your own pace. And you cannot miss a count. That's the trick. If you miss a count, if you missed one, if all of a sudden you were at 10, naval expands, and all of a sudden you're at nine, navel expands, you missed an exhalation or beat, you have to start again from 11. So the goal is to not miss any inhalation, any exhalation, and continue that counting backwards, which requires a little bit more attention than counting forward. And this should really, really help you to try and get that mind to, more control of mind. And towards one-point focus, which is meditation.

Yogi Cameron: Yeah, this isn't, it's simple but it's not easy. You'll see. This preliminary practice really makes you focus on one thing. So really stay with it, don't get frustrated. And know that it takes time. 

 

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