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Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Breathe

As you know, we begin each morning with a guided mediation – what a lovely way to start our day! In the past couple days, however, I’ve been using another mindful breathing technique at other parts of the day. It is so simple, yet very powerful and effective. I’ve been calling it the 4-5-8 (and have since learned it is actually 4-7-8, but close enough, I guess).
When we are really excited and chatty and physical, this is a great way to take a moment to regroup. We go from racing hearts and shallow breathing to a calm and less anxious state of mind.
If you want, you can try it at home! Here’s how you do it: 

1. Sit upright on the ground or in a chair.
2. Take a deep breath in through your nose to the count of 4.
3. Hold your breath to the count of 5.
4. Exhale through your mouth to the count of 8.

We've been doing 3-4 rounds each time, with very positive results. If you try this at home, please let me know how it works! 


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