The beauty of nature. Nature helps to draw me back to center, back to the present. It has this soothing and awe inspiring feeling being in its presence, witnessing her intricate yet simple way of being.
Take an intentional deep breath into your lower belly, noticing the sensation at the tip of your nose. Cool as you breath air in, warm as your breathe leaves the body. Follow the air as it draws down your throat, into your lungs and diaphragm. Notice your stomach rise and fall with every inhalation and exhalation. Observe any area in the body that is holding tension, intentionally release this tension through your next several exhales, visualizing the tension/stress leave your body and at the same time physically relaxing the body.
Nature is one of my many teachers, including the nature of our breath and the simple power it holds. Mindfulness based practices are widely utilized in the medical profession (Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Eastern philosophy/spirituality and holistic/alternative health/wellness.
Even taking 5 minutes out of your day to take some intentional deep breaths, can decrease stress lowering cortisol levels, decrease anxiety/depression, obsessive thoughts/looping, increase mental clarity/focus, increase in emotion regulation and self control, improved social/relational skills, academic success/job performance, enhanced resilience, increase in immunity, and overall sense of well being.
Do you practice mindfulness in your daily life? What are some of your favorite techniques and practices?
Do you know someone in your life that could benefit from Mindfulness based practices for their health and wellness? I encourage you to do some research in your area and reach out to any local meditations centers, Mindfulness-based stress reduction programs, yoga centers or teachers.
If you live in Okanagan, BC you can get in contact with me for more information about local resources.