It’s best to practice this meditation when you think you should be doing something else. This facilitates the shift from human doing to human being. For example, i try to work out almost every morning, so this morning instead of what i should do – go outside and walk – i stayed longer in bed to just be.
Decide how long you want to play with simply being. Then, lay comfortably and connect with your breath. Notice how your breath moves in and out of your body.
Breathing in, i am alive.
Breathing out, i am.
Notice how your body touches the surfaces you are laying on – your bed, the blanket. Some thoughts will arise – “you should really be working out!” – gently let them go, reconnecting with your breathing to calm your system since should-thoughts are upsetting. You might drift off to sleep. That is okay. It’s just another practice opportunity: When you notice that you’ve drifted off, just gently refocus your attention to your breath.
Breathing in, i am worthy.
Breathing out, the love flows.
Invariably, the should-thoughts will come back. Notice what they are saying, then let them go, turning them into a little breathing mantra. For example, i felt anxiety, so i reaffirmed:
Breathing in, i appreciate life.
Breathing out, i trust life.
The most important thing is to simply relish in just being. You are alive! And that’s a pretty amazing thing!