In this busy world of ours, the mind is constantly pulled from here to there, scattering our thoughts and emotions and leaving us feeling stressed, highly-strung and at times, quite anxious.
Most of us don’t have five minutes to sit down and relax, let alone thirty minutes or more for meditation or a yoga class.
But it is essential for our wellbeing to take a few minutes each day to cultivate some space and achieve a positive mind-body balance.
So if you are a busy bee like me, you can use this simple mindfulness exercise to empty your mind and find some much-needed calm amidst the madness of your hectic day.
Let's get started with mindful breathing!
This exercise was taken from pocketmindfulness.com, they have some great resources over there if you enjoy this one.
This exercise can be done standing up or sitting down, and pretty much anywhere at any time.
All you have to do is be still and focus on your breath for just one minute.
Start by breathing in and out slowly. One breath cycle should last for approximately 6 seconds.
Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth, letting your breath flow effortlessly in and out of your body.
Let go of your thoughts. Let go of things you have to do later today or pending projects that need your attention. Simply let thoughts rise and fall of their own accord and be at one with your breath.
Purposefully watch your breath, focusing your sense of awareness on its pathway as it enters your body and fills you with life.
Then watch with your awareness as it works work its way up and out of your mouth and its energy dissipates into the world.
If you are someone who thought they’d never be able to meditate, guess what? You are half way there already!
If you enjoyed one minute of this mind-calming exercise, why not try two or three?
And please do see me for some beautiful herbal support if anxiety persists.