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 do tomorrow.
As soon as you become aware your attention has wandered in this way, simply acknowledge where the mind went and then very gently escort your attention back to the breath.
Please 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 and fully relax.
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.