Try these 5 steps to calm your breathing and overcome stress
Mike George is a bestselling author of nine books, a management tutor and a spiritual coach. This simple meditative breathing exercise from his latest book, You Can Relax and Overcome Stress, will help you to re-establish calm breathing. It is a good first-aid exercise to see you through difficult emotional situations. It will also provide you with the basis for recovering full vocal control.
The Air Meditation
1 Sit or recline in a quiet room with your eyes closed. Visualize your thoughts as a mass of bubbles. Exhale slowly through your mouth. As you do so, imagine all these thought-bubbles being blown away. You already begin to feel more relaxed.
2 Now redirect your entire attention to your nostrils. Breathe in and out through your nose, and as you do so visualize the air passing through the nostrils at your beck and call.
3 Concentrate hard on producing a long, smooth exhalation, letting the inhalation take care of itself.
4 If your mind starts to wander, don’t give up. Simply refocus your attention on your nostrils and try to let the sensation of breathing fill your consciousness.
5 Practise this exercise for as long as is comfortable. Repeat it daily until you feel yourself breathing naturally.