No time for meditation?
We all need a few good breaths.
- Most folks today lead hectic lives.
- Most folks today could use some time for peaceful, quiet meditation.
- Most folks today don’t have time to turn down the lights, put up their feet, turn on some peaceful music or a meditation CD and take 20 to 30 minutes out of their day to center themselves.
- Most folks today need to recharge so they don’t over-stress and send cortisol racing through their bodies to wreak havoc on their health.
Here is a quick breathing exercise you can use to take control over your stress and recharge your batteries for the rest of the day. It even works as you sit in your car in your driveway for a few extra minutes before rejoining your family for the evening.
Why breathing? It’s easy, and you already know how to do it.
- Sit comfortably in your chair, or, if you can, lie on the floor.
- Close your eyes.
- Breathe in deeply through your nose to the count of five. (Choose whatever count works for you…don’t obsess about how much air you can pull into your body.)
- Hold it for the same count you used drawing breath in.
- Blow it out gently through your mouth, again using the same count you used to breathe it in.
As you do this several times, visualize your lungs filling with lovely fresh oxygen as you breathe in. Imagine the good, fresh breath exchanging with the old, tired air in your lungs. Finally, gently blow the used air out through your mouth, visualizing your lungs empty and ready for the next cleansing breath.
This works, even if you only have time to do it two or three times. Try it…it might turn out to be your favorite quickie coping skill.
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