Mindful Breathing – Simple Instructions, Powerful Practice

This exercise can be done standing up or sitting down, and pretty much anywhere at any time. All you have to do is be still and focus on your breath for just one minute.

Start by breathing in and out slowly. One cycle should last for approximately 6 seconds. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth, letting your breath flow effortlessly in and out of your body.

Let go of your thoughts for a minute. Let go of things you have to do later today or pending projects that need your attention. Simply let yourself be still for one minute.

Purposefully watch your breath, focusing your senses on its pathway as it enters your body and fills you with life, and then watch it work its way up and out of your mouth as its energy dissipates into the world.

After a time, finish the exercise with an affirmation or dedication, as can be found in “Forty Activities to Bring Presence  into your Caregiving” in our book Caregiver Revolution. One simple all purpose dedication is: “I wish this to be used for the benefit of all beings everywhere.”

Thank you K.W for these elegant instructions.

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