I wanted to share this wonderful breathing exercise with you because it has helped me and many of my clients achieve great peace and mental clarity. This is a powerful technique that can be used throughout your day, anytime you feel you need it.
Sit or lay down in a comfortable open body position, arms and legs comfortable, unfolded and uncrossed.
Inhale as slowly as possible through the nose. The goal is to sustain each inhalation for 30 seconds. You can achieve this by learning to only focus on the breath. Visualize bringing the breath in and all the way to the tips of your toes. This sometimes takes a bit of practice.
Exhale slowly, deliberately, focusing on brining the breath up from the tips of the toes, direct the breath through each part of the body. Exhale target time is 30 seconds.
Perform both the inhale and exhale for a minimum of 5 repetitions. You may do it longer if you wish. During this exercise be sure to keep focused only on breathing. If your mind wanders gently bring your attention back to your deliberate breath.
How did your body feel before this breathing exercise?
How does your body feel after?
How clear and calm did you feel before this exercise?
How clear and calm do you feel after?
Mastering this exercise means that you can now consciously calm, clear and relax your body and mind, at will. It works very well for individuals who claim to experience anxiety, racing thoughts, or obsessive/compulsive behaviors. In addition, this is an excellent practice for learning how to live in the present moment. This exercise will assist you with training yourself to consciously connect your mind, body, and spirit. The benefits are therapeutic, relaxing and rewarding.
Enjoy, and please share!