A Short Meditation On The Breath
This short breathing meditation is an exercise in focusing our attention on our breathing. You will notice during this exercise that the mind wanders away from the focus on the breath to thoughts, perhaps something that happened during the day, or something you need to face tomorrow.
Mind wandering is completely normal and with each of us having around 60,000 thoughts a day it is no wonder we sometimes get lost in them. No matter how often the mind wanders, just gently and compassionately escort your attention back to the present and your breathing. Remember "If the mind wanders a thousand times your only job is to bring it back a thousand times” - Jon Kabat Zinn.
With practise, we can develop a greater awareness of our breathing and use it skilfully to help create a more compassionate relationship with ourselves and our thoughts stopping the negative spiral that can lead to stress and anxiety.
Do not watch or listen to this material whilst driving or operating machinery or where it is not safe for you to close your eyes.
Alexander James is a Mindfulness-Based Therapist and Cognitive Behavioural Hypnotherapist helping clients overcome addictions, stress and anxiety disorders.
Appointments are available at various clinics across Central London including:
1 Harley Street, Bank, Canary Wharf, Notting Hill, Wimbledon and outside London at the Cowdray Therapy Rooms in West Sussex.
I also offer home visits and Online consultations.
Disclaimer: Results are not guaranteed and may vary from person to person.