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Mindfulness Breathing

Mindfulness Breathing

Mindfulness is the basic human ability to be fully present, aware of where we are and what we are doing, and not overwhelmed by what’s going on around us. Whenever you bring awareness to what you’re directly experiencing, you are choosing to be mindful. Mindfulness breathing allows us to concentrate on the flow of air in and out of our lungs and is a practice that is available to you anytime, anywhere.

Mindfulness Breathing Practice

Begin by finding a comfortable position. You can choose to sit in a supported chair or choose to sit on the floor with a cushion. When you have done so, keep your back upright, but not too tight. Let your hands rest wherever they are comfortable. Relax your body and slowly close your eyes.

Begin by taking several long, slow, deep breaths breathing in fully and breathing out fully. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth. Feel the natural flow of your breath – in and out. Breathe in, and out… in and out. See as your breath continues to flow deeply and calmly.

If your mind begins to wander, simply acknowledge the thought and bring your attention back to your breath. Your breath is an anchor you can return to over and over again when you become distracted by your thoughts.

Bring your full attention to noticing each breath as it enters your nostrils, travels to your lungs and expands your belly. Notice how your breath then moves back out your belly, through your lungs and out your mouth.

When you are ready, slowly open your eyes. Notice your body, your whole body, seated here. Let yourself relax even more deeply and then offer yourself some appreciation for doing this practice today.

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