Practicing Mindful Breaths is an easy way to bring your attention back to the present moment. By simply paying attention to your breathing, you can relax and enjoy your life more fully.
Mindful Breaths: Directions
From the time we wake up to the time we go to bed, our minds often race into the future and/or the past. While it is sometimes necessary to look forward into the future to make plans or to look back into the past to avoid repeating a mistake, we need to stay primarily focused on the present moment in order to achieve a state of peace in our everyday lives.
When you find that your thoughts are not on the current moment, simply pay attention to your breathing. There is no need to change the way you are breathing for this exercise. Simply keep your attention on your inhalation and exhalation for 5 full breaths. This simple act will help you to refocus and re-energize in the current moment, which is the only true moment that exists.
Because we often do not even realize that we are daydreaming of past or future moments, you may need to use situational reference points as a reminder to practice. To get started, choose two of the ten examples from below that best fit your lifestyle and write them down. Each time you find yourself in one of the situations you have chosen, focus on your breathing for 5 full cycles.
- While stopped at a traffic light
- Upon arriving to work
- Before an important business call
- While stuck in traffic
- Before going to sleep
- After a difficult conversation
- Before reprimanding a child
- While waiting in line
- Before sitting down to a meal
- *Upon realizing that your mind has wandered
*Always use this technique when you become aware that your mind has wandered away from the present moment and into the past or future.
Good luck and remember:
There is ALWAYS time to Bee Spiritual!