Wednesday, September 30, 2009

Return to the Breath

This exercise may help you gain awareness of the natural rhythms of the body. Awareness of the body will help you to concentrate on the present moment. The aim of this exercise is to pay attention to the air as it passes through your nostrils. Do not try to control your breathing or to deepen it. Just let it come and go naturally. Concentrate on the sensation of air passing through your nostrils. If you find your mind has wandered, bring it back to the sensation in your nostrils. If you practice this for five minutes, it will have a calming effect. You can return to this practice when you are stressed and tense.