On the most basic level breathing is the process that keeps us alive. Despite this vital function we rarely pay it any attention.
Most of us dash about in our daily lives completely unaware of it and yet it carries on so reliably doing it’s job. Amazing.
By learning to focus on your breath you can encourage a lovely calm in your mind and your body. The way to achieve this is to have a real and genuine interest in your breath.
Getting to grips with having an interest in the breath can seem tricky at first. Our minds are so used to dashing off all over the place and there are so many distractions in life. The trick is to be patient and to stick at it.
Here are some top tips for developing calm using your breath…
1) Set a reminder on your phone to go off at regular periods. When the timer goes off notice how your breathing is. Steady? Raid? Shallow? Deep? Just by taking the time to notice things will start to calm down.
2) Commit to sitting for 2/3 minutes a day and just watch your breath. Where do you feel that rising and falling sensation in the body? Where can you feel the air entering and leaving your body? Each time your mind wanders simply bring your attention back to the breath. By doing this you are allowing your thoughts to settle and you will free up some head space.
3) Start to appreciate the pause at the beginning and end of each breath. Notice how you can just watch and your body will make the next move to breathe without you doing anything. This is really liberating, the ability just to sit and watch is amazingly relaxing.
Come on a Revitalise Session to learn other simple ticks to put you back in control of your life.