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Let your breath by your ally

Updated: Nov 21, 2022

Use your breath to bring calm back into your busy life and let go of what's holding you back.

I'll be honest, I struggle to switch off. I've tried to meditate. Sometimes I can engage but usually my mind wanders to my to do list. What I can do is breathe. For those moments when anxiety creeps in or I feel flustered, I breathe. There are loads of breathing techniques but this is the one that works for my busy mind.

Visualise a square. Start at a corner of the square

Going up the left side of the square: slowly inhale through your nose to a count of four.

Along the top of the square: hold at the top of the breath for a count of four.

Down the right side of the square: gently exhale through your mouth for a count of four.

Along the bottom of the square: pause your breath and hold for the count of four.

“Breathing is not the same as being alive. A great number of people breathe but never live."

This might work, or you might find your own technique, but if you don't use your breath currently to help you find calm, I highly recommend finding your breath and making good use of it.

“When the breath is unsteady, all is unsteady; when the breath is still; all is still. Control the breath carefully. Inhalation gives strength and a controlled body; retention gives steadiness of mind and longevity; exhalation purifies body and spirit." Goraksa Sathakam

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