A Mindful Moment in 10 Minutes or Less: Breathing

Sometimes we only have a few minutes in our day to do a mindfulness exercise.  There are dozens of breathing exercises, but here is one you can do in just one minute.

If you take 14 breaths per minute, you take just over 20,000 breaths per day.  Most of these breaths are automatic and unconscious.  Just 5 mindful breaths can allow you, your partner, or your family to experience a moment of peaceful serenity.

Here is a simple breathing exercise:

  • Breathe in through your nose for a count of 4.  Focus on breathing in through your belly and then expand the breath into your chest.
  • Hold for a count of 2.
  • Exhale slowly through your mouth for a count of 4.
  • Hold for a count of 2.
  • Repeat this 5 times.

Take a moment and appreciate the relaxation that comes from this one-minute exercise.

How did you feel after this short exercise?  Let me know in the comments.

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