Wave Breathing

August 7, 2009 at 1:04 pm Leave a comment

“You can’t stop the waves, but you can learn to surf.”  Jon Kabat Zinn

Our breathing throughout the day and night can take many forms.  It can be shallow and fast, slow and deep, irregular or rhythmic.  The one thing that is consistent is that, like waves in an ocean, our breath comes in and goes out.  Over and over, changing in quality, tempo, and strength, but consistently in and out.  For this breathing exercise, center your attention on your breath and notice it coming in and out.  Notice if it is crashing in and out like waves in a high storm or gently rising and falling like a calm sea.  Find the rhythm of your breath and keep your attention focused there.  If you are distracted, gently bring your mind back to the continual rise and fall of your breathing.

Entry filed under: mindfulness, mindfulness exercises.

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