With all of the chaos in our lives sometimes we just need to take a moment and breathe. Sounds so simple and we do it approximately 23,040 times per day. WOW! How many of us actually notice when we breathe? Not many I bet. Most of our breathing is very shallow and quick from our chest up. Deep breathing comes from the stomach and diaphragm and you can feel your entire upper body expand and constrict with your breathing.
Try this 16 second breathing exercise whenever you need to have a reality check with yourself.
Close your eyes….breathe in deeply through your nose for a count of 4…..and hold your breath in for a count of 4….now slowly exhale your breath for a count of 4 and hold the exhale for a count of 4….how do you feel? Do you feel like you just hit the reset button on yourself? This breathing exercise works wonders anytime you are preparing for big meetings or presentations, difficult conversations, tense family gatherings or just when you need to give yourself a time out.
Congratulations! You have just completed your first meditation exercise. Feel free to do these throughout your day and notice how your body relaxes and your mind quiets. Serenity now! :-)