This is a breathing technique you can use to calm your nerves and get focused on what is happening in your body. Use it at any point in your day, even if you don’t have time to sit in meditation.
Sit or stand with a tall spine. If you have the ability to, close your eyes. Notice what your normal breath is doing for a moment before you begin.
Breathe in through your nose for a count of 4 (or whatever count works best for you).
Breathe out through your mouth for the same count, gently, not forcing the breath.
Leave no pause between the inhales and exhales. Begin to sense your breath moving in and out like waves, and hear your exhale mimic the sound of the water breaking on the shore.
Visualize the waves if this helps. Imagine a cool blue day, warm sunshine, warm sand.
Take at least 3-5 of these breaths or stay for as long as you’d like.
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