Just Breathe: A Practice to Calm the Anxious Mind
Abraham Joshua Heschel was a Rabbi and peace activist who said, “Life is routine and routine is resistance to wonder.” Our brains are so powerful that they can make seconds blend into minutes that blend into hours, days, weeks, months and years. Only one day we wake up and wonder, “How did I get here?” There is a wonderful practice that involves using words or phrases to align with the in-breath and out-breath. I have found this to be a powerful practice in allowing us to stop and just “be” with life instead of getting caught in the trap of “doing” so much.
Here is an excerpt from Mindfulness Meditations for the Anxious Traveler to play with:
Right now, practice:
I calm my brain.
I feel the gift of my body that is here.
~ Mindfulness Meditations for the Anxious Traveler
This particular practice integrates gratitude which has been known to be connected to feeling well.
Practice this from time to time whether you’re in the midst of hectic travel or just in the midst of normal doings of the day. Set your judgments aside and allow your experience to teach you.
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