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  • Kathy Shimpock

Mindfulness Breathing - A simple way to bring peace and awareness into your life

We’ve been practicing mindfulness breathing for some time now in this class. It’s based on the Buddhist practices of Thich Nhat Hanh. He wrote, “Our true home is not in the past. Our true home is not in the future. Our true home is in the here and the now. Life is available only in the here and the now, and it is our true home.” Wise words. Mindfulness reduces our stress and changes our life. It brings us into the here and now in a way that allows us to savor life experiences. The benefits are many - less, stress and anxiety, lower blood pressure, less pain. The list goes on and on. You might even recall how positive psychologists recommend “savoring” life experiences to increase our happiness.

I’m linking to a recording I made of mindfulness breathing. (Scroll to the end of the page for "Mindfullness Breathing.) Practice it every day and see what happens. After a while, you might even find yourself using this breath throughout the day to ground and center yourself.

If you’d like to learn more, here is an article by Thich Nhat Hanh on “The Practice of Mindfulness.”  His books are also a wonderful introduction to mindfulness in everyday life. I would especially recommend Peace is in Every Step and The Miracle of Mindfulness.

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