Do you ever sit down to meditate and find that your mind is scattered, you feel fidgety, and it’s hard to settle in?
An amazing way to calm your mind, is to calm your breath.
The mind and the breath reflect each other, when you’re stressed your breath gets quick and shallow, when you’re relaxed it’s deeper and slower.
Thankfully, you can use your breath to calm your mind, which leads to a much more satisfying meditation.
The way to do this is to breathe into your belly, and to extend your exhales.
- So, put your hand on your belly, and take a few deep breaths into your belly, feeling your belly expand and contract as you breathe.
- When you’re ready, it’s time to extend your exhale.
- On your next inhale, breathe in for a count of 4, and out for a count of 6.
- Then, in for a count of 4, and out for a count of 7.
- And, if you can, in for a count of 4, and out for a count of 8.
Next time you meditate, try breathing in this way for a few minutes first, or this could be your meditation. 10 minutes of belly breathing with long exhales, which will calm your mind and body.
Let us know how you get on, and see you tomorrow for another tip!
Author: Jade Doherty