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The Breath of Life

Breathing is one of the most basic functions of the human body; not only does it provides the body with oxygen, it can help to calm the mind and body. Deep breathing is a good way to reduce stress and relax. Unfortunately, not many practice deep breathing in such a way that it allows the body to function the way it should. We forget to sometimes, and that is ok. As long as we remind ourselves from time to time or set a time each day to practice taking deep long slow breaths.

Here is a simple breathing exercise which you can do anywhere:

  • To experience deep breathing, find a comfortable place to sit or lie down.

  • Breathe in slowly and deeply through your nose, causing your stomach to rise and expand.

  • Hold the breath for a short count.

  • Then, breathe out slowly and fully through your mouth as though you're blowing through a straw.

  • Do this at least 3 times or more if you have time to spare.

If you can do the above, you can begin practicing mindful breathing, which leads to mindful breathing meditation, and awareness. The most basic understanding to this is focusing your attention on your breath, the inhale and exhale. You can do this while standing, sitting in a bus, or cab (just as long as you are not driving or operating a machinery!) or whilst you are having a quick 5 mins break from work or if you are at home with children / family constantly surrounding you. The 5 minutes will do you some good.

Breathing in, I feel calm. Breathing out, I release ....


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