Observing Your Breath Exercises

Observing Your Breath

Focus your attention on your breath, coming in and out. Observe your breathing as a way to centre yourself in your wise mind. Observe your breathing as a way to take hold of your mind, dropping off non-acceptance and fighting reality.

Methods

  1. Deep Breathing – Lie on your back. Breathe evenly and gently, focusing your attention on the movement of your stomach. As you being to breathe in, allow your stomach to rise in order to bring air into the lower half of your lungs. As the upper halves of your lungs begin to fill with air, your chest begins to rise and your stomach begins to lower. Don’t tire yourself. Continue for 10 breaths. The exhalation will be longer than the inhalation.
  2. Measuring Your Breath By Your Footsteps – Walk slowly in a yard, along a sidewalk, or on a path. Breathe normally. Determine the length of your breath, the exhalation and the inhalation, by the number of your footsteps. Continue for a few minutes. Begin to lengthen your exhalation by one step. Do not force a longer inhalation. Let it be natural. Watch your inhalation carefully to see whether there is a desire to lengthen it. Continue for 10 breaths.
  3. Counting Your Breath – Sit in a comfortable position on the floor or in a chair, lie down, or take a walk. As you inhale, be aware that “I am inhaling, ONE”. When you exhale, be aware that “I am exhaling, ONE”. Remember to breathe from the stomach. When beginning the second inhalation, be aware that “I am inhaling, TWO”. And, slowly exhaling, be aware that “I am exhaling, TWO”. Continue up through 10. After you have reached 10, return to ONE. Whenever you lose count, return to ONE.
  4. Following Your Breath While Listening to Music – Listen to a piece of music. Breathe long, light and even breaths. Follow your breath, be master of it while remaining aware of the movement and sentiments of the music. Do not get lost in the music, but continue to be master of your breath and yourself.
  5. Breathing To Quiet The Mind and Body – Sit or lie in a comfortable position that you can sustain without movement. Deliberately relax your body. Scan and relax several times. Breath through any areas of tension. Half smile. Follow your breath. When your mind and body are quite, continue to inhale and exhale very lightly; be aware that “I am breathing in and making the breath and body light and peaceful. I am exhaling and making the breath and body light and peaceful.” Continue for three breaths, giving rise to the thought, “I am breathing in while my body and mind are at peace. I am breathing out while my body and mind are at peace.” Continue for 5-25 minutes, as you are able.

Here are some scientific benefits of breathing > https://empress2inspire.blog/2020/01/04/scientific-benefits-of-breathing/

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8 Comments Add yours

  1. brianhodgkinson says:

    I practice this frequently and it works by bringing me gently to here.

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    1. GS says:

      Breathing is an activity most of us don’t think about, but there are many ways to breathe and we breathe differently in different situations. Breathing a certain way can assist us in how we relate to a situation, and therefore impact our wellness.

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  2. henhouselady says:

    Thank you for sharing this onfo.

    Liked by 2 people

    1. GS says:

      Breathing a certain way can assist us in how we relate to a situation, and therefore impact our wellness. Changing how we are breathing can relax the body, help our mind focus, change our emotional state and reduce the impact of stress. Changing how we are breathing can foster the self-healing powers of our body.

      Liked by 1 person

    1. GS says:

      Thank you for the reblog

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  3. vequinox says:

    Reblogged this on Manolis.

    Liked by 1 person

    1. GS says:

      Thank you for sharing

      Like

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