Pause. Breathe. Repeat.

We talk a lot about mindfulness and breathing round here, I am sure you've noticed. It's rather nice that these things are becoming ever more widely recognised as the useful tools they are. A couple of yoga classes a week is just a few hours out of your life, but you can breathe mindfully anytime.

In fact, it's one of the main 'circuit-breaker' techniques of mindfulness.

 

This image is from Brigette at the Free People blog (who, by the way, has a fab personal blog too). She wrote a very inspiring chapter-by-chapter review of Thich Nhat Hanh's book, Making Space.

Her beautiful images and reflections prompted me to trot off and buy the book, which didn't disappoint. 

The book uses simple language to nudge you towards finding, creating, and USING a sacred space within your home (which you might recall is something I feel strongly about anyway).

Today, I'd like to share some of Brigette's musings on Chapter 2 of the book (which is all about breathing!):

The second chapter of Making Space by Thich Nhat Hanh is all about one of the most incredible powers we possess: the power to breathe.
Human breath is so complex in terms of all that it does within our bodies, yet letting air in and out of the lungs is a task so simple; so natural. Breathing mindfully is a beautiful way to form a body-mind connection. We’re already breathing at any given moment – all it takes to turn one breath into a meditation tool is the simple acknowledgement of it.
Conscious breathing is a treat to both the body and mind. It’s unbelievably refreshing and rejuvenating. Even just a few mindful breaths in and out can have a wonderful impact on our lives – and the more we do it, the more natural and habitual it becomes.
In the beginning, breathing mindfully isn’t easy… well, remembering to breathe mindfully isn’t easy. That’s why it can be helpful to set certain reminders for yourself. I personally have two pleasant-sounding alarms on my phone set at random times each day, both with the label “Breathe.” I’ll admit, when those alarms go off, I often find myself in the midst of doing something and I just don’t feel like stopping to pay attention to my breathing… but I recognize that these are the times when it’s most important to do so.

Read the full post here.

PS: Next week I will share some  free printables based on the gathas (four-line poems designed to remind us of this moment) in the book. Hop on the list to get those + all the other member content (it's free!)