Breathe deep

Like a belly laugh_

Breathe. Actually we don’t need to be told to breathe. As long as we live, we breathe. It happens naturally.

We can learn to use our breath for our wellbeing, physically, emotionally and even spiritually. You can see how to use your breath to help you get to sleep here. You can see how to use a three-minute portable breath mediation for when you are frazzled here. And you can see how our breath can remind us of our very creation as we choose to breath in the Spirit of God here.

Some of us may feel stressed as we start to circulate a little more as the lockdown begins to change in the UK. Some of us will have been self-isolating for 12 weeks – and the experience of being out and about, however cautiously, may bring anxiety. Whatever your life situation, this is a an exercise you can do in less than a minute to reduce anxiety when it comes.

You can be in any comfortable position, sitting, lying down or standing. If you choose to stand, spread your legs apart as far as your hips for good balance.

Put one hand on your belly (just below the bottom of your ribs) and the other hand on your chest.

Take a deep breathe in through your nose and feel your belly push your hand out. On a  deep breath your chest won’t move but your belly will.

Breathe out through pursued lips, noticing that the hand on your belly goes in. Imagine your hand helping you push the air out of your lungs.

Do this for about 10 breaths. Notice how you feel.

This is Thoughtful Thursday on 11 June 2020.

Join others for a facilitated mindfulness session on zoom next Monday 15 June at 10.30 am. Email hello@essencecheltenham.org for details.

 

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