An easy practice to relieve stress and strengthen Mind, Body and Relationships (1) (7)
Who in this world is not stressed? (6)
Why do doctors and dentists advise us to ‘keep breathing’, or ‘take a deep breath’? (12). Because they see people holding their breath or not breathing normally, creating stress for the body and the mind.
Since ages, people have been researching, developing and teaching great techniques for stress relief. But what percentage of the global population ‘regularly practice’ any of the known techniques and keep their ‘regularly occurring stress’ under check? Very small. Why? The great techniques demand too much and people don’t have the inclination or the free time! Is there an easy technique we can practice routinely everyday?
Yes. Simply ‘focusing on breathing’ stops generating new stress and slowly dissolves accumulated stress.
When you ‘focus on breathing’, stressful thoughts are dramatically reduced, mind is calmed, the breathing pattern gradually becomes normal and the tense muscles relax (3). Your stress is relieved. Want to test it?
Close your eyes and practice the ‘Tip mode’ completing both hands (9).
……….. (You are now practicing the ‘Tip mode’ (9)) ………….
Don’t you feel a little relaxed now, compared with how you felt before this practice? If this brief experience makes sense, begin your journey towards a stress free life. Practice ‘focusing on breathing’ in an unconventional style, lying on the bed, eyes closed, ‘waiting for sleep’ and ‘waking up’ (13).
Waiting for sleep
Focus on your breathing tonight when you want to fall asleep (4). It works like a charm (1). It disrupts the flow of disturbing thoughts and calms your mind. Your muscles gradually relax. You will get sleep in a surprisingly short time. Whatever may be going on in your life, you will enjoy quality sleep for good number of hours. You will get hooked!
Waking up, on the bed
Focus on your breathing when you wake up in the morning, lying on the bed, eyes still closed (5). Your sleepiness gradually goes away. You feel fresh and energized, ready to face the day.
In a few weeks, you will feel less stressed at home and work (6). Small improvements in your mind, body and relationships will follow (7).
During the busy daytime
If you like, focus on breathing, even while engaged in your daily activities, for even more benefits (10). To enjoy all these benefits, you don’t have to sit for this practice nor change your daily routine. If you follow the suggestions in this website, you will see an amazing change in the default mode of your mind. When your mind is not in active use, it will no longer wander all the time. Instead it will ‘focus on breathing’ on its own and this will become its default mode! When this stage is reached, your life will be ona new path, for sure.
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! ” (Late) Peter Horvath, MD, FACOG. More Professional Endorsements are at (8).
Practice this technique ONLY when falling asleep.
Even then you will see tangible benefits!
(1) Endorsements by practitioners: Moronically simple, yet works like a charm, Easy as 1-2-3
(3) 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 – Its Causes, Effects and Solutions & My articles
(7) Sample testimonials
Benefits for Mind, Body and Relationships (A to W)
(8) Professional endorsements’
(9) Tip mode
(10) Daytime practice
(11) Folding mode
(12) Health professionals advising on Breathing
(13) Why practice lying on the bed at night and morning?
(14) I feel sad to report that Dr Peter Horvath passed away on Nov 14, 2013. May GOD rest his soul in peace. His caringbridge page.
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