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How to practise nine-round breathing


How to practise nine-round breathing

Contrary to popular belief, meditation is not sitting cross-legged passively and emptying the mind of thoughts. Neither is it a daunting task which can only be undertaken successfully by yogis. Meditation is essentially a straightforward but life-transforming exercise to increase mindfulness, concentration and resilience.

For Buddhists, meditation also serves a higher purpose beyond creating mental awareness. It is a potent way to enhance our understanding of the workings of our mind. This in turn enables us to focus our thoughts and efforts towards developing our inherent potential.

The first stage of meditation is to stop distractions and make our mind clear and lucid. This can be accomplished by practising simple breathing meditation.

– Tsem Rinpoche –

In the Tibetan tradition, a technique known as Nine-Round Breathing Meditation is practised before formal meditation and sadhana to help clear our psychic energy channels. According to Tibetan tantric tradition, 72,000 psychic energy channels run throughout our body. Nine-Round Breathing Meditation helps to regulate the energies in these channels and clears blockages that can disrupt our meditation.

This breathing technique is short and straightforward, and can be done by anyone, at any time and practically anywhere. This meditation will help you to:

  • Calm your mind in preparation for spiritual practices and higher meditations.
  • Train your mind to focus better to help you sustain objects of meditation.
  • Develop concentration that will help you later during special insight meditation. Special insight results in realisations in your mind.

Watch the video to learn how to calm your mind and supercharge your day in just five minutes with Nine-Round Breathing Meditation.