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Using the Breath to Become More Mindful

One of the easiest and most powerful ways to become more mindful is to focus on the breath. Breathing always occurs in the present. It has the power to anchor us to “the now. ” So, periodically throughout the day, take some slow, deep breaths. Try to inhale deeply using your diaphragm for a count of 7-10. You should feel your belly rise slightly on the inhale. Hold your breath for a second or two, and then slowly exhale for a count of 7-10.

Listening to the sound of your breathing can help you to focus on the present. Rather than thinking of the sometimes daunting task of meditating for 30 minutes a day, try some slow, relaxed breathing several times throughout the day. You’d be surprised at how good it feels to take even one slow, deep breath. As you practice at it, you will notice a greater sense of calm and presence.

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