The breath is such an amazing gift. As people in modern life we rarely utilise and use the breath to its full potential. Through the practice of mindful breathing you can reconnect to this amazing giver of life and vitality. Bringing new energy and a deeper sense of connectedness and wellbeing.
There are many simple methods you can practice in daily life to help reconnect you to your breath.
Try this simple one now, Gently close your eyes and bring your attention to the breath flowing in and out of the nostrils. Keep your attention here for a few breaths, simply feeling the sensations of the breath in and out of the nose. Then, start to follow your breath into the body, allowing the tummy and chest to rise and fall with ease, letting the breath be natural and relaxed. Stay here for a few breaths just noticing where the breath begins and ends, notice the quality of the breath, is it shallow or deep, fast or slow, just noticing with out judgement.
What did you notice about your breath? Often in stressful times we will take short shallow breaths in and out of the chest, whereas when we are relaxed our breath is longer on the exhale and comes from the diaphragm. By bringing awareness to your breath you tune into your body and its healing power. It can help you to relax in stressful times, create the perfect start for meditation and help to identify any underlying health issues. Check out the diagram below which highlights the diaphragm and where you best breath is created. Remember, breath is the link between body, mind and soul.
Today marks the start of Mindful in May and my first time participating. I am always looking for ways to help make a difference either in my local or Global community. I found the link to Mindful in May on Instagram and it instantly caught my attention. Meditation is such a wonderful practice and one I have been bringing into my everyday life though the practice of Yoga. When I read the details of Mindful in May and how it combined two of my passions - Meditation and Charity - I knew this was my Goal for May.
Mindful in May is for beginners and more experienced meditators. It aims to bring the benefits of meditation to you, whilst improving the lives of others. The funds raised during Mindful in May (MIM) will be donated to Charity Water, a not for profit organisation that builds clean water wells in the developing world.
I was very excited to receive my first Meditation today and I am looking forward to sharing this journey in the hope it will inspire others on their path. For more information on Mindful in may check out there website www.mindfulinmay.org Registration is staying open until May 15th, so its not to late to start.