DAY 4 – LET’S BREATHE AND RELAX
Relaxation exercises usually start with a breathing exercise. It helps us to focus on our body and exclude the busy world around us.
At DAS we have introduced mindfulness into our education practice. Mindfulness is about connecting with the present and bringing ourselves fully to each moment. And in every single second of this life, the breath is always active in the here and now.
So connecting with the essence of why the breath is all that is important and how it can enrich your mindfulness practice is a value we are developing.
When our mind is fixated on future anxieties, the breath can guide us back to the present. When we dwell on past failures, the breath can lead us back to the here and now.
Our breath can remind us that the past and future are never actually happening. All there is, all we have, is this very moment.
The breath is also a helpful indicator of our emotional state. When the mind is calm the breath is gentle. When we feel anxious or agitated our breathing becomes irregular and rapid. So respiratory tempo can alert us to the state of our thoughts and emotions. With this self-awareness, we can identify needs and make informed choices for our well-being.
So, take time to breathe, take time to focus on ourselves and listen to your breath.
“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.”
― Amit Ray, OM Chanting and Meditation
Calmly, with gratitude,
Submitted by Harsheeni Rajoo