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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

It All Starts With the Breath

When learning mindfulness, the first place to start is with the breath.

Take a few deep breaths in and out. Notice the rise and fall of your stomach. There are several ways to learn breathing to bring you back to being mindful.

First, keep count of your breath. Start at one, and count one for your inhale and exhale, and increase it to two on your second inhalation. Count all the way up to ten, and then go back to one. By the time you have counted to ten and back, you will be completely relaxed.

This is just one way to cultivate mindfulness through using your breath. You can also do it more simply by taking three deep breaths anytime you feel disturbed.

Thich Nhat Hanh states that an enlightened being lives mindfulness 24 hours a day.

Find your own path to mindfulness. Start breathing today. It all starts with the breath.

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