I want you, the reader, to do something that comes naturally to every living organism: Breathe. But, you also must think to yourself: Breathe in….Now, breathe out. Now slow that thought down and again breathe in. Now…slowly… breathe out. You can do this form of meditation anywhere for any length of time. This is especially helpful if you are quick to anger during excessive waiting periods like in the checkout line at a grocery store. It’s really easy, too. Also, remember to give yourself more than just ample time to shop. This way, you are assured you will never feel rushed. Here is where I learned this technique.
Meditation is one of the healthiest things a person can and should do. It is also one of the easiest things to add to one’s daily routine. Once again, if you are quick to anger, especially when driving to or from your place of employment, take the time to turn off the radio and, as you sit hopelessly in traffic, practice your breathing exercises. Having a bad day at work? Well, what are you waiting for, go ahead and think to yourself: Breathe in…2…3…4…breath out…2…3…4…5…6…7…8. You’ll thank me later.
Still, many a lifelong practitioner of meditation will tell you that mastery of such breathing techniques takes more than simply just breathing in and out. It takes three Ps: Practice; Persistence; Patience. You must practice this regularly. Doing this once in a blue moon does you some good (better than not doing it at all) but, to really reap all the benefits you’ve got to do it regularly. You must be persistent; don’t do it once and say, “I’m done.” Finally, you must be patient, even more so if your scatterbrained like me.
Another positive thing you can do is to teach your children this method. Counting and breathing in this manner can never be taught too early. Well, it can if you try to teach them and they have no comprehension skills, but I digress. It’s best to teach them when they are not in play mode, or when upset; ideally around bedtime. They’ll be a little more responsive. Add a little whimsy with singing bowls and you’ll be having a good ol’ time. And if you would like to find out what a singing bowl is, you can listen below.