Relaxation is at your finger tips – Anywhere, Anytime! (9)
A simple practice to relieve variety of mind-body-relationship problems (1) (7).
The EKG technician says ‘keep breathing’ when checking the heart. The Eye Specialist says ‘keep breathing’ when measuring the pressure of fluid inside the eyes. Why? Because they see some people holding their breath or not breathing normally, affecting the working of the heart and even the eyes. Changes in our breathing pattern reflect the state of the body and the mind at any moment.
Here is a simple relaxation technique of ’focusing on breathing’ (3). When you practice this technique, stressful thoughts are kept away, mind is calmed, muscles relax and the normal breathing pattern is restored. Result? Stress is relieved.
These web pages present amazingly easy technique of ‘focusing on breathing’. Children 2 year old to 90+ seniors could use it without training or only a brief introduction in a group. Close your eyes now and test this technique using your finger tips and complete both hands (3)……. Have you tried? Did you feel a little calmer than before? If this brief experience makes sense, begin your journey towards a tress free life.
I recommend that you to practice this simple technique at the two convenient time periods that you automatically pass through everyday – ‘entering sleep’ and ‘coming out of sleep’. Practice it lying on the bed, eyes closed! Why these time periods and why lying down? Because they do not need special allotment of time and you are not even siting up. Thus there is less chance for an excuse to miss the practice. Practicing during these periods has a healing effect. It weakens and gradually eliminates the current habitual style of thinking and behaving that has been causing stress. The state of mind and body with which you enter sleep influences its quality, duration and healing effect. The state with which you exit sleep and begin the morning activities influences how you respond to the stressful situations throughout the day. These two time periods have unique potential for cutting through the vicious cycle of stress in the short and the long terms.
To see the following steps in detail, click on the corresponding numbered links at the end.
Lying on the bed, ‘waiting for sleep’
Focus on your breathing tonight, when you wait for sleep (4). It works like a charm (1). It interrupts the flow of thoughts, calms the mind, deeply relaxes the muscles and induces quality sleep. Enjoy the benefits of a healing sleep. You will realize the power of this simple technique.
‘On waking up’, still on the bed
Next step – try this technique when you wake up in the morning, still lying on the bed, eyes closed (5). Your sleepiness gradually goes away. You feel energized. Your stress at home and work will be reduced (6). In a few months, you will see some improvement in your mind, body and relationships (7).
Endorsed by Doctors, Scientists and other Professionals
“A simple, no expense, meditation-oriented approach to stress reduction which we recommend for all our patients (and ourselves!) is nicely presented at the following website: www.countingbreaths.com. Try it; you’ll be glad you did! ” Peter Horvath, MD, FACOG. …………….More Professional Endorsements at (8).
Practice this technique ONLY when falling asleep.
You will see tangible benefits!
(1) Endorsement by a practitioner
(3) Try the Tip mode & for more details How can I focus on breathing?
(4) Waiting for sleep & How to enjoy quality sleep and conquer insomnia by ‘Focusing on breathing‘
(5) Waking up routine
(6) Stress – Causes, effects and solutions & My articles on Thoughts and Relationships
(7) Relief from Mind, Body and Relationships problems (A to Z):
Anger, Anxiety, Fear and Panic attacks, Attitude, Compulsive thoughts, Concentration and focus, Courage to take decisions, Dental work, Depression, Face – grim and non-smiling, Fatigue, Grief, Hypertension, Insomnia, Infertility treatments – reducing repeated failure of, Migraine, Obesity, Pains – Chronic, Pregnancy and childbirth, Relationships – difficult, Smoking, Stress of all kinds, Stuttering, Surgery – before and after.
(8) Professional endorsements’
(9) Tip mode
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