I promised to talk about being positively in the present this week so here we go.
Take a moment right now to stop and take ten full deep breaths in and out. Focus fully on your body and how it feels to follow your breath all the way in and all the way out.
Did you stop? Did you focus on the now?
If the answer is “no” stop reading and do it now.
Hopefully you are now back having spent a couple of minutes fully breathing. What did you notice? Were you able to keep your focus on your breath or did your mind wander or even wonder?
I took the time out to do this exercise myself and here is what I noticed. For the first couple of breaths I was still running some internal dialogue about writing the blog. Then I let that go and stayed with my breath. Then a noisy fly started buzzing near me and I noticed annoyance and distraction. I took my focus back to my breathing and relaxed into it. The fly miraculously became silent! By the tenth breath I felt relaxed and present.
I was also more aware of my body and felt more connected physically.
On waking every morning I used to regularly do this exercise and noticed a wonderful calming effect. So here is my challenge for you this week. Each morning on waking before you do anything else sit or stand and take 10 cleansing breaths. Jot some notes in your journal afterward about your experience and let me know how you get on.
Next week, savouring and we’ll start with food!!