Since we are all dealing with the “you know what” situation, I thought it would be good to post a great simple meditation that calms the heart.
Practicing any type of mindfulness is good for the soul, but having a daily routine can really shift your overall emotional, mental and spiritual health. Aim for doing the breathing technique for 3 to 11 minutes a day. If you really want to notice the benefits, aim for 40 days in a row. Woah! Michelle, that’s a lot. Yes it is, but you can really change a habit in that amount of time. Also, if you do anywhere from two to five days, I’ll still be proud of you. 😉
It is simple, quick, and can strengthen your lung capacity (in terms of how deep you can breathe), and it will bring you to an overall calm state in your every day life.
- Sit on the ground in sitting position with legs crossed (on a mat or blanket) or on a chair with your feet on the ground and your back supported.
- Tune in before starting the breathing technique. Put your hands in prayer position and close your eyes. Chant – Ong Namo Guru Dev Namo – three times to tune in to divine flow and inner wisdom. Visit this link for more details and to listen to the chant to see exactly how it is pronounced.
- Place the left hand over the heart and the right hand to the side in the correct position (as per the video) with both elbows resting against the side. Practice the breathing technique for three minutes. If you want to keep going, pause for a minute after the first three minutes, then do a second set of three minutes, pause for another minute and then finish with the last set of three minutes.
I absolutely love this meditation because it is quick and easy. I have an impatient side (and three kids) so this is perfect to squeeze into my day. It’s also a great way to get started with a meditation practice if you are just learning.
Thank you for indulging me. Now get breathing… or keep breathing, but a bit differently. 🙂