Breathing in, breathing out

Our breath

Our breath is our life. When we practice focusing on our breath – the breath that just comes in and goes out naturally, without us having to force it – we are likely to at least approach a place of  stillness, a place of being just as we are in the present moment.

We can use our breath to journey through our bodies, imagining breathing into different parts of our bodies. As we do this we will make discoveries: areas that have a range of sensations (tingling, tightness, soreness) and areas without sensation. We will connect with our bodies, both the parts we find easy to accept and the parts we find harder to accept. This can help us to treat our bodies with kindness (instead of the impatience we may so often resort to), starting a journey of acceptance of our bodies and ourselves just as we are.

Give it a go! Click through here to an mp3 file of a sitting meditation of just over seven minutes. It takes you on a journey through your body using your breath. It will help you on a journey of acceptance of your body and yourself.

I recorded this on the request of Sarah W after I used it at a mindfulness session last week. Sarah reckons it might help her get to sleep. Hope it works!

Enjoy each and every one of you!

This is Mindful Monday on 18 November 2019.

If you live in or near Cheltenham, join us on Monday 2 December for an evening of mindfulness at the Oasis, 7.30-9 pm. Just email hello@essencecheltenham.org to let us know you are coming.

If you are part of a group or lead an organisation that would like to book mindfulness sessions, email hello@essencecheltenham.org or info@accompli.co.uk

 

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