“Be aware of your breathing. Notice how this takes attention away from your thinking and creates space.” – Eckhart Tolle
Day 2-Notice Your Breathing Throughout Your Day
In Day 1 you’ve experienced how it feels to be sitting in silence for one minute. This helps You set a good vibe, a centered, grounded space for the day about to begin. The next step is to insert these moments of stillness as often as You can in the middle of your busy, agitated life. The easiest way to do this is to notice your breathing.
How to do this: Today is all about giving yourself seconds of stillness as You go about your chores. The easiest way to do this is to stop for a few seconds and notice your breathing. Do this as often as you remember, especially when you feel overwhelmed by the many things you have to do.
You can practice this anytime. I suggest to try it in the moments when You are usually rushing off to get somewhere:
-when getting in your car stop and notice your breathing before stepping on the acceleration
-before getting out of the car once at your destination
-while doing the “smallest” actions: pouring a glass of water or drinking your coffee
-while waiting: in the elevator, for the bus, for a friend to arrive and so on.
My experience with it: ever since I’ve read Eckhart Tolle’s book The Power of Now, I’ve took this simple advice and started applying it as often as I remembered. I’ve found this to be like a magic trick that helps me:
- reduce stress
- deal with the moments of feeling overwhelmed when facing “too many things to do and I don’t know where to start!”
- center myself when I talk in front of a group
- get back in the now when I notice my mind going around like a crazy monkey
- stop me from re-acting when faced with intense negative emotions
Because my aim is to be feeling centered and grounded most of the time and not only in the morning, or when doing Yoga or when meditating.
And also to have an easy to do, efficient “magic ” trick to apply in the moments when I am most inclined to lose myself: during stressful, challenging situations or dealing with negative emotions, mine or someone else’s.
This exercise proved to be very efficient for me. I am so looking forward to be hearing how it worked for You. Let me know in the comments bellow.
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Stay tuned for tomorrow’s exercise! 🙂
With all my love,
PS: Thank you for being part of this, I really appreciate it! 🙂