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You can be having a terrible day, stress can overwhelm us, we can feel the pain will never end, but it does, the question is, how can we regain our better selves as soon as possible so we can constructively move forward — Conscious breathing.

Vietnamese Buddhist monk and peace activist Thich Nhat Hanhe has said, “Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”

So often, in the midst of a stressful time, we forget the power of taking a break and paying attention to our breath.

Yet breathing consciously is a very powerful tool to enable us to turn off the chatter in the back of our minds that add to the stress we experience in our lives. All you have to do, is try to consciously breathe.

So if you want to give conscious breathing a shot, don’t just try it one time… give it time and make room for your self to feel more clear headed when you have made the process work.

There are many ways to approach this simple process, the steps are very simple… here is just one way that works for me.

Find a quiet place where you can close your eyes, tell your self to bring your attention to your breath, relax and after a few easy inhales and exhales take slightly deeper breaths as you pay attention to the raise in your chest as you inhale through your nose and quietly exhale through your mouth. Do this process for a minute or two, maybe even more.

That’s it…. notice the difference? It may be small at first, but the more you give yourself the time to do this process, a few times a day, the better you will get at it and the more you will find yourself feeling anchored back to who you are and less at effect of your circumstances you may be fighting or resisting.

I wish you peace and calm in your life… give yourself the time to breathe consciously.

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