Let’s start really simply. Breathe.
I know. Old hat. Been there done that. Breathing right now, in fact. But it truly is a powerful tool. So give it another go. And if you are already regularly practicing, great! There are 7.5 billion ways to breathe and yours is the best. I’m not getting into the proper way to sit, stand or lay down. Let’s just breathe and observe that little miracle of life.
So really what I’m suggesting is counting. Not breathing with a specific structure, just counting each in-breath and out-breath. This gives your mind a little ‘busy work’ and keeps it away from abstract thoughts.
-- Tip: I find it helpful to count each in-breath and out-breath as the same number. (in 1, out 1. in 2, out 2.) It’s an unusual way to count which keeps the mind a bit more focused.
Just observe, without forcing anything. Notice the natural pause after the out-breath. Notice the sensation of your ribs expanding, the cool air passing through your nose or mouth. After a couple minutes you should feel a bit more relaxed.
I found these articles to be inspiring.
Joy on demand: the three second fix
Practical advice on how you can easily and quickly access joy.
How Googlers Avoid Burnout (And Secretly Boost Creativity)
In a society that glorifies grinding, short-term gains and pushing to extremes, it takes guts to rest.
Bonus: Sounds for Meditation
Head over to my Bodywork page to hear some of the most relaxing soundscapes you will ever hear, made by me. These are great for meditation or just taking a break. Headphones recommended.
(Do not use while operating heavy machinery.)
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If you have read this far you are clearly interested in boosting your peacefulness, and I sincerely hope that this helps. Wouldn’t it be nice to have more happy and relaxed people in the world? Please feel free to share this with your friends.