Breathing is natural, but besides being the basic to physical survival, it is the best anchor for sustainable mental stability. Breathing is the main object of focus for practising mindfulness or meditation. A little emphasis on your regular breathing process can prove to be a great healing anecdote for daily stress and anxiety. As Thich Nhat Hanh says, ‘Breathe is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to thoughts’. Even without being a devoted practitioner of meditation, ( which is actually good if you adopt) a little mindfulness towards your breathing, will keep your mental health intact.
Include a proper breathing regime in your daily life ;
Sit comfortably: Sit in a comfortable body posture. A posture that you can maintain as long as you meditate. Try to sit with backbone straight. Even try to use the same place each day. It will make the process easier for you with advancing days. Try to relax your body. Body relaxation is important in this process. Mind and body are connected. Relaxation is a both end process.
Undergo deep process: Go for deep inhalation and exhalation process. Inhale a long breathe and hold it in your chest for few seconds and slowly release it back. The deeper your breathing process, more and sooner is the effect on your mind and body.
Count your breathe: As you start your deep breathing process, you can also count your breathing, so as not to lose the track of the mind. Count a complete inhalation and exhalation as one. Though it is to the person as to how long one can sit and count, yet beginners can keep it low, to hold your patience and interest in the process.
Feel the process: Feel the rise and fall of your chess, the up and down of your belly. Experience the awareness the whole process creates in your body. Notice your breath and the passage of its movement. To make the process more concentrative, it is also sometimes recommended to put your hands over your belly, and follow your breathing.
Visualise: One can also associate visualisation along with the process. An imagination of inhaling good and positive energy into the body and leaving all the negativity with exhalation increases the effectiveness of the process. Through this, it not only relaxes and soothes your mind but also increases your productivity.
This is my second post ‘B’ , for the ongoing #blogchatterA2Z challenge.