When I first started the 25 breaths counting meditation thing, my whole session would normally last about 15 mins. Lately, I have noticed that when I do the same sequence with the same breath count, my sessions now last around 30-35 minutes!
I take this to mean my breathing has gotten deeper and more relaxed. Note that I am not forcing my breath, but just allowing the breathing to take it’s course. That is, I don’t try to breath deeper or push my breath further into the belly, I just let my body do it’s thing, and I count.
Additionally, over the past couple of weeks, I have also noticed the ability to calm my mind faster and just get into the groove of meditation. I have been doing my meditation in the same place every night at the same time. No matter what I am doing, when 9pm hits, I stop what I am doing and start my evening meditation session. Now, I turn off the lights in my office area and leave my door open so a bit of hallway light bleeds into the room. I don’t like to stand/meditate in complete darkness.. 😉
Also, my wife has commented that I am much more calm and at ease. She has definitely noticed a change in that I am much calmer and patient after a meditation session. I told her that’s good, but my goal is to take that calmness with me throughout the day.
What about taiji? Not really much on the taiji front. Perhaps I will incorporate that into my evening routine a bit later. Right now, I am enjoying the meditation sessions that just consist of sitting and standing postures. One habit at a time … 😉