Here is a simple Taoist meditation technique that, with practice, will enable you to find balance and the power to deal with any kind of situation. It only takes about thirty seconds to do and you can apply it anytime, anywhere— even while driving. Nothing feels better than when you are in the zone. You feel calm and in control, alert, and ready to deal with any situation. In Taoist meditation, the two primary guidelines are jing (quiet, stillness, calm) and ding (concentration, focus). These are the same two characteristics required for being in the zone.
There are two versions of this exercise: the first for normal situations and the second for exceptional situations.
Three Relaxing Breaths—Version One
You can use this technique to help you through any kind of change in your life. It is especially useful just before a required change of mood, such as prior to public speaking or before mediation.
Three Relaxing Breaths—Version Two
Use this technique whenever you experience any kind of shock or emotional upset.
These techniques are effective because when people become stressed, they tend to restrict their breathing. This starves the brain of vital oxygen, which in turn, clouds their thinking. Just three relaxing breaths will clear your mind, help you access your inner wisdom and show you the best path to take.
Excerpted from Blissology, by Andy Baggott