Meditation Challenge: Mindful Breathing
Over the holiday break, when we’re not meeting once a week, it can be really easy to let your practice fall to the wayside. That’s why over new year I like to invite all my attendees to join me for a meditation challenge – and you’re invited!
The meditation I’ve chosen for this year comes from Thich Nhat Hanh – The Art of Living (recommended read). I’ve created an instructional video to help you get started – and I mention that it’s a good idea to schedule your meditation. Whether you commit to 3 mins, 5 mins, 10, 15 or 20 mins – just make that time for you every day to help keep your stress levels at bay over the busy holiday period.
I’ll be hanging out in the facebook group over the holidays – and I invite you to meet me there and share your progress. And hey, if you miss a day, or two, or a few – that’s OK. But creating these little breath breaks are a mindful practice of bringing your mind to the present moment – and if you’ve heard anything about mindfulness you’ll know that can help your peace of mind. Just do your best with it – and enjoy the gentle practice.
- Get yourself into a comfortable meditation position
- Check your posture – Legs, Back/Spine, Shoulders/Arms, Hands, Neck, Jaw, Eyes
- Bring your gentle awareness and attention to your breath
- On the inhale think: I have arrived
- On the exhale think: I am home
- Continue for your scheduled time (you might like to use a timer on your phone)
- To end, allow the mantra/statement to drift away, bring your awareness back to your body, when you’re ready, open your eyes, have a stretch
- Sit for a few moments before going about your day
I hope you enjoy this meditation – and feel free to share this post with anyone who you think might need some of this mindful goodness 🙂