Less Tips of the Month
to the Stress Less Tip of the month. Here, you will be the opportunity
to learn some quick, easy-to-do mind/body relaxers, reenergizers
of the simplest, yet very effective, techniques for releasing
stress, is though what is called conscious breathing. Breath is
the most vital function of the body. We need it for life. (Just
try to stop breathing. Cant do it, can you!?) Breath is
the bridge between the mind and the body. We can use the breath
to relax the body and to calm the mind, thus creating a tranquil
state for the functioning of our whole bodymind system.
first breathing technique Thich Nhat Hanh, Zen master and author
of The Miracle of Mindfulness, teaches his students is "Breath
In and Breath Out" So give it a try!
Breathe In & Breathe Out
can be done anytime you need to calm your mind and
relax your body. The more you practice, the more effective it
will become. The results are both progressive and cumulative.
(Take a couple of minutes, 2-3 times a day)
Take in a deep breath and let it out slowly, like a sigh of
Take in a 2nd deep breath, on the exhale relax the body.
Take in a 3rd deep breath, on the exhale relax the mind.
Now just let yourself breathe easily & rhythmically.
Then mentally start to
Identify when you are breathing In
(Say to yourself "I know I am breathing in," on each
Identify when you are breathing Out
(Mentally say "I know Im breathing out," on
Do for several breath cycles or for 1-5 minutes.
Note how your body relaxes and the mind chatter subsides.
Feel how the whole bodymind system rejuvenates itself.
Enjoy the Breath of Life!