Recently I decided to experiment with one of the simplest techniques there is to help us create space, cultivate clarity and foster a sense of calm.
I stopped and took 5 slow breaths 5 times a day for 5 days.
I put a reminder in my diary. Each time it went off, wherever I was, whatever I was doing, I stopped and took 5 slow breaths.
Sometimes this meant I was sitting at my desk working and I sat up, closed my eyes and did the exercise. Other times I was with my daughter, so simply stayed attentive to her and our interaction while breathing slowly and purposely for 5 breaths.
I have found it makes me feel more present. On those busy days where I had so much to do, I felt less frantic and more purposefully focussed.
Perhaps you’d like to give this a try. If you do, I’d love to hear what the effects were for you.
Breathe In. Breathe Out.