Welcome to Day 1 of the mindfulness challenge. Today we’re going to be starting with the very simple practice of mindful breathing. Ready?
Mindfulness is the practice of being fully present. Your mind is not in the future, and not in the past. It is recognizing and appreciating the happiness ALREADY in your life.
There are many people who are alive, and yet aren’t even AWARE that they are alive. Mindfulness is being fully aware of the miracle of life and being present to enjoy that miracle.
When you are aware of the happiness and energy already around you, you can step into this happiness and joy. You can be ESTABLISHED in the present moment.
Remember this: mindfulness is the connection and awareness of the mind and body. Its paying attention to what you are doing Right Now!
Mindfulness should NOT be work or effort. You don’t need to make an effort to breathe in…
…or enjoy a sunset…
…or savor a meal.
Mindfulness brings both inner and outer awareness. You do this by paying attention to where you are and what you are doing right now.
This attention to where you are and what you are doing brings PEACE. This is what mindful breathing can do for you.
The most natural place to begin the practice of mindfulness is with mindful breathing. Breath is foundational to everything you do. Every moment features a breath in and a breath out.
By becoming mindful of your breathing, you are laying a solid foundation you can build upon.
To get started, practice mindful breathing for a MINIMUM of 5 minutes. If you’re able to do more, wonderful, but let’s start small.
- Breathe in. Take note of the air moving through your nose and mouth and filling your lungs. ENJOY that in-breath. Only a living person can take a breath, so savor your life. Celebrate your LIFE.
- Hold your in-breath for a moment. Feel the air in your lungs. Be aware of the oxygen filling your body with life and energy.
- Let the breath OUT slowly. Feel your body relax as the air exits. Be present as the air passes through your nose and mouth.
- Repeat the process for the next few minutes.
Inevitably, your mind will wander during this mindful breathing. When this happens, GENTLY, and without judgment, bring it back to your breath. Just say to yourself “Here and Now.”
Do this as often as necessary.
Okay, now it’s time for you to practice mindful breathing. After your session, share how you felt. Please, don’t be shy! Let others know what they should expect.
Stay tuned, tomorrow we’re going work on mindful concentration.
See you tomorrow!