Welcome to Day 1 of Mindfulness Practice
Today we’re going to be starting with the very simple practice of mindful breathing.
When we are anxious or threatened our breathing speeds up in order to get our body ready for danger. Relaxed breathing (sometimes called abdominal or diaphragmatic breathing) signals the body that it is safe to relax. Relaxed breathing is slower and deeper than normal breathing, and it happens lower in the body (the belly rather than the chest).
Mindful breathing aids the relaxation as it takes our attention away from thoughts of the future or the past and focusing on the one thing that is constant and accessible to us at any time we need to re-center our attention. The breath.
“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.”