Easier said than done you may think - Just relax! Taking time out for yourself can be one of the hardest things to do. Perhaps there is a lot to get done, or there are people who need you to take care of them; perhaps you are too busy fending off uncomfortable feelings or worry or stress of some sort. Whatever your situation, you deserve a few moments for yourself each and every day. Remember my recent post about daily practise? Well here is a very short and easy one that you can do for yourself each day Practise daily for 21 days and I guarantee you will feel a difference! This is Breathwork, and all you need is a little bit of time where you prioritise yourself.
‘Winter Coppice’ by Ben Platts-Mills (dear friend and lifeteacher)
Breathwork as daily practise: Coherence of breath exercise Inhale through your nose for 5 seconds, counting each second: 1…2…3…4…5 Exhale through the nose for the same count of 5 seconds: 1…2…3…4…5 Relax into the breathing and the counting. Accept there is nothing else to do right now, but be here, doing this….nothing else. Everything else can wait.
Try to do this for 5 minutes (just guess at what feels like 5 minutes, rather than watch the clock or set an alarm); and try to do it first thing in the morning and last thing at night for those 5 minutes every day. If you drift off to sleep, no problem, if your mind drifts just gently pull it back and carry on. To begin with you may experience a lot of drifting, but as you get used to it you will find your capacity to stay focused increases. Notice how you are feeling before the practise, and then notice how you feel after the practise. If its helpful you can scale this feeling: on a scale of 1-10 how relaxed am I right now? Before? After? I have many more breathwork exercises, so please ask if you are interested to know more.