“The breath is not just the foundation of all wellbeing, it’s a place within us that we can come home to.” – Kylie Frost
The breath is the start of everything. I’ve started on a journey and my first focus is to return to the breath.
Living with anxiety has brought me a good understanding of my breath and most importantly an understanding of controlling the breath, the need to control the breath otherwise the breath controls you and can lead to all kinds of irrational behaviour.
I’m allowing myself to take moments throughout the day to just pay attention to my breathing and it’s evident that when I’m under pressure, losing focus from tasks, or feeling stressed – my breath is shallow.
Focusing on Breathing
While taking slow, deep, full bellied breaths, my mind becomes better able to process one thought at a time. My chest sinks down a little and my heart rate slows down. I find that in between these deep breaths I can focus and prioritise better.
Through my own meditation and the course I completed with Dada at Ananda Marga in Stoke Newington, I have learned about breathing techniques. Usually these techniques are for slowing down, focusing and relaxing. But there is so much more power and knowledge to discover. This week I’m spending some time learning about breathing, meditation and alpha beats.
But I would love to know, do you have a breathing exercise that you use regularly?
My Favourite Breathing Technique for Anxiety
Have you heard of the 4-7-8 breathing exercise?
Inhale for 4 seconds. Hold the breath for 7 seconds. Exhale for 8 seconds. Repeat (x3).