I found just a tiny, tiny space where I sank into a deep meditative calm with this technique today. It brought me some hope that I, one day, will be able to sit quietly and connect to my highest self. The counting was the catalyst in that, I’m sure. But, I’m always surprised that I can count in meditation, as I did today, and find my mind still wandering off, though much less so when doing this counting technique. I can chant the Psalms in church while thinking of other things. I think the mind is a wild and ornery creature sometimes, which is why I’m taking these meditation classes. Thank you so much, Nikki. You are a blessing in my life!💕
Paula E I think you might have misunderstood the technique. You count once per inhalation and exhalation, not 50 all in one breath.. So, when you exhale, say "50" in your head, then with the next inhale "49" and the next exhale 48...and so on. Its one count per inhale or exhale, and then when you hit 20 you only count the exhalations, not the inhalations. Give that a try or if your technique is helpful stick with that!
Now that was different. It took me several times to get the counting technique down. I would lose count and repeat, lose count and repeat. I didn't seem to drift but struggle remembering the count down.