Mindful Breathing

Mindful Breathing

The primary goal of mindful breathing is simply a calm, non-judging awareness, allowing

thoughts and feelings to come and go without getting caught up in them.

  • Sit comfortably, with your eyes closed and your back reasonably straight.
  • Bring your attention to your breathing.
  • Imagine that you have a balloon in your tummy. Every time you breathe in, the balloon inflates. Each time you breathe out, the balloon deflates. Notice the sensations in your abdomen as the balloon inflates and deflates. Your abdomen rising with the in-breath, and falling with the out-breath.
  •  Thoughts will come into your mind, and that’s okay, because that’s just what the human mind does.
  • Simply notice those thoughts, then bring your attention back to your breathing.
  •  Likewise, you can notice sounds, physical feelings, and emotions, and again, just bring your attention back to your breathing.
  • You don’t have to follow those thoughts or feelings, don’t judge yourself for having them, or analyse them in any way. It’s okay for the thoughts to be there. Just notice those thoughts, and let them drift on by, bringing your attention back to your breathing.
  • Whenever you notice that your attention has drifted off and is becoming caught up in thoughts or feelings, simply note that the attention has drifted, and then gently bring the attention back to your breathing.

It’s okay and natural for thoughts to enter into your awareness, and for your attention to follow them. No matter how many times this happens, just keep bringing your attention back to your breathing.

2 Comments »

  1. Ruth Jepson Said,

    March 14, 2014@ 8:23 am      Reply

    Jan

    Interesting but I bet that takes some practice, especially with someone who has come in describing the ‘tangled ball of wool’ thought pattern and doesn’t know how to begin!
    Maybe you have to practice the breathing techniques first then get onto the thoughts…

    Ruth

    • Allayna Said,

      April 2, 2017@ 9:27 pm      Reply

      I’ll try to put this to good use imeeaidtmly.


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