Visual Breathing Exercise

Want to take a quick break from your daily grind? Try this out for a couple minutes. Breathe in rhythm with the graphic below. Inhale as it expands and exhale as it contracts. Loosely focus your eyes on the image without concentrating too hard. Go for as long as you feel comfortable and if your breath begins to become out of sync with the image that is okay. If the image causes your breathing to feel unnatural then become mindful of that sensation and return to your natural breathing rate. Enjoy the moment and the movement of your breath within you. Enjoy!

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10 Everyday Situations That Mindfulness Transforms

“Awareness is like the sun. When it shines on things, they are transformed.” ~ Thich Nhat Hanh

When our full awareness is applied to everyday occurrences they have the potential to completely transform. It also raises the quality of our actions, ultimately, improving whatever it is that we are doing. Below you will find 10 everyday events that mindfulness may change for the better.

Note: While reading the 10 points you may want to keep in mind how mindfulness would affect you when you are engaged in the following everyday situations.

1. Exercise and Physical Activity

Physical strength has been scientifically proven to be positively affected by mental focus. In fact, just visualizing an exercise routine may make us stronger. Mindfulness mends the mind and body together.

2. School and Work

You may not be able to solve random math problems but you’ll feel like you will be able to!

3. Music

When you have time we highly recommend that you mindfully listen to the track above, or any other song of your choice. Take in each layer of sound and as each new sound gets introduced do your best stay aware of all of them. Notice how the music makes your body and mind feel. Allow the music to be your only concern while it plays.

4. Awkward Moments

Every time an awkward moment happens we can respond in at least two different ways: by getting embarrassed or by finding it amusing. Mindfulness can allow us to switch our perspectives pertaining to awkwardness by causing us to see the big picture of the current situation. Just think of your life as a sitcom! Pretty soon you’ll be welcoming awkward moments to come your way.

5. Eating

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Mindfulness heightens our senses, which causes the food that we already find delicious to taste incredible. While eating notice everything about the food in front of you. Pretend every bite is your last.

6. Showering

Simply notice your level of joy the next time you bring your complete awareness to the shower. Not only will you be clean but you will be beaming from head to toe.

7. Driving

How many times have you found yourself in a daze while driving? We all have! Applying mindfulness to driving will not only help keep us from chasing random thoughts but it will also make driving interesting again, much like many of used to view driving when we first got our license.

8. Dating

Dating someone can be a let down for a number of reasons. One reason is because of expectations, which mindfulness causes us to lower and in some cases eliminate.

9. Watching ‘boring’ events take place

Notice everything about the event and beam your full attention on it as though you were the sun.

10. Feeling Happy

When we are fully aware of the joy in our lives we feel it, beam it, and see it all around us. Being aware of our happiness multiplies the joy within us. By the way the GIF above is how we feel when someone reads a post of ours, so thank you!

 

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