To start our week in the right way I am going to add a mindfulness/ meditation activity each Monday. Some will be longer than others – today we will start with a short exercise focussing on something we do all day everyday but hardly ever notice…
Find a quiet place. Sit in a comfortable position or stand nice and tall with your shoulders back.
You don’t need to close your eyes but you might want to if you find your concentration wanders easily.
Take a deep breath in. Notice how your lungs fill with air and you chest expands. Focus on the air entering your body. The way your stomach rises with the breath. Hold for a second.
Exhale. Let the air leave your body slowly and in a controlled way. Notice how everything is reversed as the air is released. Completely release the breath. Hold for a second.
Repeat this up to 20 times. Focus only on the breath. If your mind wanders, gently bring it back to the present. If you find it too difficult to concentrate start with 5 breaths. Then the next day try 10.
This activity is super simple but super powerful. It connects us to our bodies, gives our minds a break from active stresses and allows us to focus on the present. It relieves tensions, provides a grounding for all mindfulness and meditation and can be done anywhere!!!