Stop. Breath. Be…
Studies have shown that we can reduce our risk of cardiovascular disease and even change our brains with a simple, daily practice called meditation. In our high stress, hectic lives with our list of “things to do”, finding time to practice meditation can be a challenge for some.
Meditation does not have to be a challenge to fit into even our busiest days. It does not require any special equipment or a special place to practice. Meditation can be practiced wherever you like, whenever you like, for as long as you like.
The practice of meditation is really just the practice of continually redirecting your attention from the future (or the past) back to the present moment. It does not mean stopping all thoughts…as a matter of fact, while you are alive and breathing, you will never stop your thoughts. In a given day, it has been estimated that we have about 40,000 to 80,000 thoughts per day! Therefore, the best that we can hope for is to slow down the thoughts.
A quick and easy exercise that can we can implement in our daily life is “Stop. Breath. Be.”
- Stop Which means, taking a moment and deliberately stopping whatever activity is at hand. Don’t go on to step 2 until you feel your body come to a complete stop and your thoughts have slowed down. This may take several seconds.
- Breathe Now, bring full attention to your breath. Feel your breath enter your nose and follow it down into your lungs. Feel your lungs expand and your chest or abdomen rise has your lungs fill with air. Hold it for a second then with full attention, feel the breath leave your lungs and exit your mouth.
- Be At the end of each breath, take a moment to become aware of the stillness experienced in this practice. Allow the sense of the present moment to radiate your being and stay with this feeling for as long as it lasts.
Stop, Breath, and Be can be practiced as frequently as you like to be able to experience the present moment. If you’d like help, I am available to coach and guide you–call me at 828-684-1212
To Your Optimal Health and Happiness, Scott Griffith, PA-C medAge