Feeling overwhelmed? Return To The Breath

Feeling Overwhelmed

As the year winds down, the tendency is to wind up, trying to fit in all the last minute “stuff.” I don’t know about you, but the business tends to grow exponentially as we get closer to the end of the year. Amongst this “push to finish the race” it becomes easy to forget daily practice. I found myself yesterday driving home from a birthday party, listening to music, making a mental inventory of what I needed to do at the start of the week. In that moment, I realised, I’d been projecting forward, instead of just being. My heart beat was up, I’d started to feel anxious that I couldn’t fit everything in, and I let out one rather large and loud sigh.

I was reminded of an article I’d read, that put forward the science that a sigh is the body’s “sign to reset” your breathing. Pretty cool right? It made me think that when everything else is whizzing by at breakneck speed, the best possible practice, is to return to the breath. Just breathe 🙂

So, this morning, if you get a chance, take a minute to do the following mindfulness practice:

Find somewhere comfortable to sit. Take a moment to find your centre. Make sure your feet are flat on the floor, your shoulders are relaxed, hands in your lap and that your spine is nice and straight.

Close your eyes if it helps.

Now bring your awareness to your breath. Just breathe naturally, not too shallow or too deep. Pay attention to the sensations of the breath. Feel the warm air on the top of your lip, releasing from your nostrils. Notice the air as it passes your teeth, on the top of your tongue and in your throat.

Draw your focus to the feeling of the breath as it fills your lungs, to the gentle swelling of your chest, stomach and the slight movement of your shoulders as you breathe in and out.

If you lose concentration, that’s okay, just remember your anchor, bringing your concentration back to the breath.

Sit with this awareness for 5 minutes, recognizing the reverence of this moment. Remembering that between thought and action, is the breath.

Gently open your eyes, allowing the awareness of the breath to stay with you throughout the day 🙂

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Jim Kupczyk

Love serving heart-centered, conscious based businesses. Founder- mindfulmarket.com

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