This exercise is akin to meditation but it is an exercise in mindful just the same. So don’t be put off by the idea of ‘meditating’. It is a very simple exercise, but very helpful in quieting an unruly mind and dispersing unwanted emotions.
- Set aside a time when you know you won’t be interrupted and switch of your phone.
- Sit however is comfortable for you. It doesn’t need to be cross legged on the floor, a chair will do fine. But sit with a straight back (straight not rigid) and preferably without leaning against the back of the chair. The idea is to remain comfortable but attentive.
- Close your eyes and observe your breathing just as it is. There’s no need to change anything. Just watch and observe each breath coming in and going out.
- Thoughts will try to get in and take your attention – don’t let that concern you. Observe them. Let go of them and get back to focusing, once again, on your breathing.
- Practice this exercise for just five minutes to begin with.
Practice at some point every day , increasing it to longer periods whenever possible.
That’s all there is to it!