Do you spend time thinking about the past or the future, either what you should and shouldn’t have done, or worry about what might happen? You’re not alone, many of us spend relatively little time in the present— where life is actually happening, where we actually have a say.
Paying attention to your breath a few times a day triggers a wake-up call to slow down the endless inner dialog of thoughts about past and future, and come back to the actual challenges of the present moment.
It’s calming and empowering.
Try this simple exercise three times a day. It helps you see where your priorities are and how to bring them into sharper focus.
Stop whatever you’re doing to take one deep breath, that’s it! Then carry on. If you notice any tension in your body, like in your shoulders, jaw or forehead, feel it for a couple seconds and then release the tension as you exhale.
Take a moment to reflect. Where is your mind? What are you thinking and feeling? There’s no right answer, no reason to judge. The point is to PAY ATTENTION.
Do it when you get dressed in the morning, on your way to work, in the middle of the day, at bed time, in the middle of the night.
Anytime and anywhere is an opportunity to pause, breathe and be present to your life.