Updates of previous years are at the end under ‘Related pages’.
The super easy techniques and guidelines presented here, are the answer to an age old problem. We know, discuss and admire many great techniques and teachers. Only a small percentage of the population actually practice, for many valid reasons.
countingbreaths.com presents stress relieving techniques designed for beginners (1), including children (10). Their initial practice does not require a teacher, time or money. They relieve stress at Home, Work or from ill-health. Extensive testimonials bear this out (2). The practice has three levels (3) with benefits at every level.
Level I begins with ‘focusing on breathing’ at night, to fall asleep (4) (5). It calms the mind, relaxes the body and induces quality sleep every day.Practitioners on sleep medication get great sleep without it (11).The bedtime practice is like the main dose.
Next, practice in the morning, coming out of sleep (6). Transition in several still postures, from lying on the bed, eyes closed, to standing on the floor. Be still in each posture and focus on the breath, for some time. The mind and body are thus tuned for stress free function before the day’s action starts.It feels so good that one likes to do it daily.The morning practice is like the booster dose. Gradually, the bedtime and morning practices become habits. Stress shrinks dramatically.
Level II is ‘focusing on a few breaths’ intermittently, throughout the day, when working at a computer, waiting at the red light or standing in a line (7).These tiny practices work like maintenance doses. Gentle Yoga based stretching adds strength at this stage. Expect significant improvement in Mind, Body and Relationships (8).
Level III is meditating with ‘focus on breathing’ (9). One begins with short times, may be on weekends.The positive feeling hopefully leads over a few months or years, to extended daily practice. It slowly dissolves the deepest roots of remaining stresses. Practitioners feel like they have improved versions of mind, body and relationships. The journey continues lifelong.
Select Testimonials of 2013 (2)
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(1) Relaxing and Managing stress – Made easy for all ages
(2) Testimonials 2013 – 38
(3) Relaxation to Meditation
(4) Level I – Focusing on breathing
(5) Waiting for sleep
(6) Waking up routine
(7) Level II – Daytime practice
(8) Helping Mind, Body and Relationships (A to Z)
Addictions, ADHD Anger, Anxiety, Fear and Panic attacks, Attitude, Compulsive thoughts, Concentration and focus, Courage to take decisions, Dental work, Depression, Driving stress, Face – grim to bright and smiling, Fatigue, Grief, Hypertension, Infertility treatments – reducing repeated failure of, Insomnia, Migraine, Obesity, Pains – Chronic, Pains – acute Phobias Pregnancy and childbirth, Relationships – difficult, Smoking and Tobacco chewing, Stress at home or office, Stuttering (Stammering), Surgery – before and after Willpower
(9) Level III – All about my Meditation
(10) Training children
(11) Relief from Insomnia
Responses to this update
- I do the ‘Level I Breathing’ …..IT WORKS!: “I use the technique when I wake up in the middle of the night. I just take deep, slow breaths and count ‘one, one thousand’, ‘two, one thousand’, ‘three, one thousand’ ….and repeat. I very seldom need to repeat more than three times.” Max Thornton – She (yes, female) attended my seminar at the East Greenbush Library. She developed this variation of the technique.
- Made an incredible difference in my life: “I met you at an “Edgar Cayce” group in Canaan, NY— I use your breathing exercises constantly— it has made an incredible difference in my life !!!! Thank you thank you thank you!!!!!!!!” A practitioner.
- It changes the mood for the better: “Thank you for all your great teachings and opportunity to learn the breathing exercises. I try to follow whenever I have difficulty sleeping or upset. It definitely changes mood for the better, and feel more relaxed. My wife who attended your classes also conveyed her thanks and good wishes.” A practitioner who attended my classes in 2009 along with his wife. This couple were suffering from repeated failure of infertility treatments. Practicing these techniques and reducing the stress led to success in getting a child. Full reports from this couple are at (1).
(1) Helping Infertility treatment by reducing stress – See reports by couple 1.
Annual Update – 2013