For the first post I thought I would start with a quick practice. This is a great way to handle those moments in our everyday life that can cause stress or aggravation. I use this often to help calm myself when I can feel anger and aggravation start to build.
- Find a comfortable sitting position, or if unable to sit just relax your body.
- Close your eyes or just let your gaze lower and rest a bit.
- Try to clear your mind of any thoughts of judgment or criticism.
- Now take one long, slow, deep breath in for a count of four.
- At the end of your count, hold it for a count of two.
- Then a long, slow exhale for a count of four.
- Repeat steps 4-6 three more times.
How do you feel now? A bit more relaxed, less stressed, and connected with yourself again, I bet. This is a great mindfulness practice to have for those difficult time at work. Try it before a meeting or first thing in the morning to ease your busy mind. It only takes a minute or so but can bring lasting benefits to you.
Also I would like to point out that the courts on this exercise are not as important and just the way you breath. If you are unable to follow the counts the just follow the pattern, inhale, hold, exhale.
Have a blessed and calm day!