The first exercise is very simple, but the power, the result, can be very great. The exercise is simply to identify inhalation as inhalation and exhalation as exhalation. When you inhale, you know that this is your inhalation. When you exhale, you are aware that this is your exhalation.
So the third exercise is to become aware of your body. When you practice mindful breathing, the quality of your inhalation and exhalation will improve. There is more peace and harmony in your breathing, and if you continue to practice that way, peace and harmony will penetrate the body and the body will benefit. Whether you're sitting, lying down, or standing, you can always release tension.
You can practice total relaxation, deep relaxation, sitting or lying down. As you drive your car, you may notice the tension in your body. You're anxious to get there and don't enjoy the time you spend driving. When you reach a red light, you're anxious for the red light to turn into a green light so you can continue.
But the red light can be a sign. It can be a reminder that there is tension in you, the stress of wanting to get there as quickly as possible. If you recognize it, you can use the red light. You can sit back and relax, take the ten seconds that the light is red to practice conscious breathing and release tension in the body.
When you practice conscious breathing, you simply allow your breathing to occur. You realize it and enjoy it. The same goes for mindful walking. Every step helps you touch the wonders of life.
Accept the present moment as it is without judging it so that you can use your energy to directly manage the circumstance in question.
mindfulnessfrees you from the tendency to react. Developing mindfulness as a strong habit based on a clear, value-based goal of being more aware and decisive in one's own life is one of the fundamental skills used to treat and protect against mental health challenges. This is achieved by keeping judgments and perceptions to a minimum while increasing the informational power of facts about your thoughts and emotions.
This is a skill like any other; the more you practice, make mistakes, and then try again, the more effective you'll be. Take time today to practice your mindfulness skills.