Zen meditation also called Zazen means seated meditation. This is an invaluable means to distress yourself. The term Zen is derived from the Japanese pronunciation of the Chinese word Chan which in turn is derived from the Sanskrit word Dhyana. Thus, Zen is a meditative state that helps in relaxing your mind, body, and soul.
Here are some steps to follow to perform Zen meditation.
Sitting posture: This meditation is performed by sitting in a lotus position or other yoga posture. You are free to sit in any asana but straight, this the main point.
The position of the head: the position of your head is important to perform Zen meditation. Hold your head in a natural position that doesn’t cause any strain on your neck. Align your spine with your neck.
Relaxing your movements: You have to stop all types of movements in your body even facial muscles. Try to lose your body before meditating.
Focus on breathing: When you start meditating notice your breath as much as possible. Make sure that you are breathing with your nose only. Feel the natural in and out a rhythm of your breathing and all the warm and cold sensations provided by air passing through your lungs.
Eyes positioning: You can either close your eyes or keep them opened. Most people prefer to close their eyes, after closing your eyes stay in the posture and relax.
Control your mind from wandering: It’s natural for your mind to wander in silence. Whenever you find yourself thinking about other things just redirect your mind towards your breathing.
Once you start focusing on your breathe gently, then stay for 2 to 5 minutes in this position.
If you are feeling under pressure then performing Zen meditation can help you in detoxing your mind just by focusing on your breath. You can start with short sessions to master on focusing your breathing. It is helpful in curing depression, increases concentration and clears your mind from stress.