Smile, breathe and go slowly ~ Thich Nhat Hanh
Wellness is all about living a lifestyle that supports physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health. With the persistent overwhelm and stress that comes out of the many roles you play in life, wellness can be elusive even though you long for its presence to bring balance, peace and calm into each day.
The simple answer is: practice meditation and mindfulness breathing.
You have at some point likely encountered both concepts and might have even tried meditation or experimented with exercises of mindfulness breathing. You may have heard how focusing on the breath bridges the divide between your inner chaotic thoughts and your inner stillness. You may even have noticed a momentary shift into stillness if you’ve tried meditation. But how can it make a transformative difference in the real, crazy and chaotic world of your real, crazy and chaotic life?
Meditation and breath awareness are powerful tools that gradually shift your perspective and behaviour. You become more conscious, awake and observant of what is going on within you and around you. That awareness is the key that generates transformation.
” As you quiet your mind, you begin to see the nature of your own resistance more clearly, struggles, inner dialogues, the way in which you procrastinate and develop passive resistance against life. As you cultivate the witness, things change. You don’t have to change them. Things just change.” ~ Ram Dass
Numerous studies and research have produced empirical evidence that meditation, which includes focus on the breath, can make a difference in well-being. It can:
Sit comfortably upright, close your eyes gazing slightly downward as you do.
Inhale and exhale slowly and deeply through the nose noticing the breath as it enters your nostrils.
Now breathe naturally keeping your awareness on the sensations and movement of the breath at tip of your nose only.
Breathe in and out rhythmically for 3 minutes as your awareness rides softly on the breath entering the nose. Feel the temperature and sensations of each breath.
Let the breath follow its own rhythm (long, short, uneven, rapid) and just observe its flow. Notice any shifts or changes that occur in the breath with time. Does it get lighter? Slower? More rhythmic?
Take the experience of the meditation with you as you go about your daily activities by focusing on the breath throughout the day.
Breath and Meditation can be a catalyst for well-being in daily life because it cultivates the skill of objective observation. Also, the unrestricted coming and going of the breath mirrors the freedom in life to allow that all experience (pain, joy, challenge) simply comes and goes. When you let go of control, wellness can be restored.