You may know that many meditation and relaxation techniques ask you to pay attention to your breath. When I started doing this, I sure found it b-o-r-i-n-g! Not to mention I found it difficult to sustain it for more than 30 seconds. I even dropped doing it for awhile, but since I went back to that practice, I have found the peace that experts and sages have been talking about.
Simply focusing on your breath, paying attention to each inhalation and exhalation, and riding the waves of your breath is not only very relaxing, but it helps to take your attention away from whatever may be bothering you. If nothing is bothering you, it gives you a sense of feeling how alive you are. It’s being in the moment. It is available to you at any time, anywhere.
I like to follow the author named Dr. Rick Hanson. He has a newsletter that is simple, makes sense, and is very helpful. It’s called ‘JOT’ (Just One Thing), and offers very simple techniques and perspectives that help cultivate joy in your life.
Don’t underestimate the power of the breath. It gives you life, and it brings you back to who you are.
Bring yourself to the present moment by regularly focusing on your breath.