“For breath is life, and if you breathe well you will live long on earth”

-Sanskrit Proverb

The Need to Slow Down

Too often I find myself rushing through the day so quickly that I don’t even notice the little things passing me by. In an attempt to be more mindful in my life, one of the simplest exercises I’ve found is to focus on my breath. This helps me clear my mind and let go of stress, helping me be more energized and focused throughout the day. Walk through this simple exercise with me to feel the powerful effects that something as simple as mindful breathing can have on your day.

The Simple Act of Breathing

Slow down. Quiet your thoughts. Just breathe. Feel the air coming into your lungs and the cool, calming sensation it brings. Feel the sense of release as your exhale the warm air inside. With each new breath we are drawing in life. Refreshing and calming each part of you. The rush of thoughts and list of tasks for the day can all be let go for these few moments as you just breathe.

As you focus on your breath notice the changes throughout your body that this simple act of mindful breathing creates. Your heartbeat slows. Your nerves relax. Worries and stress from your day slowing start to sink away. The stress we build up throughout our day can slowly start to wear us down. The fast paced buzz in our system needs a few minutes of rest and quiet. Our heads clear from the cloud of thoughts that build up and we can see things more clearly.

Physically and mentally each new breath draws energy to your body. You are able to focus on the tasks at hand and break them down into manageable pieces. You feel refreshed and prepared for the rest of your day.

Taking Your Breath With You

Challenge yourself this week to take a few minutes every day to just breathe. You can set aside this time in the morning before you start your day or in the evening to unwind. Practice it when you are feeling overwhelmed and notice the difference this small exercise in mindfulness can make.