Mindful Breathing

February 1, 2012 by  
Filed under Archive, Daily Goodness, Featured

Recently I came upon the term mindfulness in relation to mindful breaths and wondered what it meant. So I after doing some research this is what I learned.

Mindfulness, among other things, is an attentive awareness of the present moment. Heavily established in Buddist teaching, it advocates that one should establish mindfulness (satipatthana) in one’s day-to-day life by maintaining as much as possible a calm awareness of one’s bodily functions, sensations (feelings), objects of consciousness (thoughts and perceptions), and consciousness itself.

Mindfullness can take form in the place of breathing by taking three successive breathes to reconnect and reground oneself. In today’s world of hustle and bustle, stress and anxiety, we can all and should take time to breathe. And when I say breathe I mean truly take in full breaths to nourish our souls, whereby fill your lungs every cell in your body breathes too.

So for the next few minutes take some time for yourself and we all have 2 minutes, to practise the art of mindfullness and being grounded.

Mindfulness Exercise

First become aware of each breath.  Breathe through your nose and out through your mouth. Pay attention to your breath and only your breath. While breathing in, visualize filling every cell, every fiber, every space in your body with your breath.  Visualize you body liting up while lightening up.  Feel your breath. Expel it out and repeat.  You may notice that your breath naturally will become slower and deeper as your mind and body calm.

with love gratitude
cyf

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