Breathe #bebetter52

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        In the midst of our crazy, busy lives, we sometimes forget to count our accomplishments and take a moment to recognize personal successes. Meditative breathing is a great way to give ourselves the time to acknowledge our efforts and achievements.

This weeks #bebetter52 challenge is to take 5 minutes out of your day to sit and just breathe.

        The purpose of a breathing meditation is to attain a calm mind and find a sense of peace within. Many benefits come from breathing meditations, the reduction of personal stress being, perhaps, the most sought after.

        Start by finding a calm and peaceful place. Find the right posture. You might feel comfortable in a chair, or you might find it better to sit crisscrossed on the floor. Our favorite position is a shavasana. A shavasana (or savasana) is usually done at the end of a yoga practice when the practitioners lie flat on their backs and concentrate on their breathing. After attaining your desired position, focus all attention on your breathing. Notice the mechanisms of your lungs as you inhale and exhale. Keep your focus. If you start to feel your mind wander, gently bring it back to slowing taking in oxygen and quietly releasing carbon dioxide.

        Practicing this exercise will go a long way to achieving inner peace.  There are several benefits to learning how to practice mindfulness. Eco Institute has engaging information about breathing and meditation. It states that it dissolves tension, helps you deal with difficult situations better and expands your lungs.

        We encourage you to begin with small steps by taking a few minutes each day to breathe. If you feel ready to move on to more advanced breathing techniques, by all means do so. Time has a detailed outline of how to practice different breathing techniques such as Alternate Nostril Breathing and Abdominal Breathing to increase wellness.

Our favorite and easiest would be Equal Breathing. For this type of breathing, you inhale for a count of four and exhale for a count of four. You can practice Equal Breathing anywhere and at anytime. To expand on this type of breathing, you can even try to go up to six to eight counts, but only after you have mastered the four count.

        This week’s challenge is simply a step toward achieving a calmer, more peaceful lifestyle. Once the challenge is over, we hope that you’ll want to keep meditative breathing and centralize your energy. Remember to always count the little things that make life wonderful by taking a breather.