Learning to Breathe
During the 2020 COVID lock-down and beyond, I learned to practice breathing with intention. It took time, no shortcuts allowed. Little by little, mindful breathing became more intuitive and natural.
Breathing mindfully helps me to acknowledge distractions and difficulties without letting them overwhelm or define me.
It creates a quiet space for stepping aside from daily urgencies.
It helps me to live responsively instead of reactively.
It is a tool for noting and validating the sensations and feelings in my body.
It helps me to be a better listener and to be present in the moment.
The meditations are themed and non-judgmental, helping me through difficult moments without shame or blame
Nighttime meditations and libraries of nature sounds help to settle my busy mind at bedtime.
These are just a few of the benefits. There are many free mindful breathing apps available, but Headspace is one that my husband and I like. After trying out the free week, we purchased the annual subscription at $69.99 and make regular use of it. Explore the Headspace website for videos and articles and see what you think.
Note: I am not an affiliate of Headspace. It simply works for me.
Learning to breathe mindfully and with intention did not change my circumstances, but it changed me and my perspective. Difficult circumstances are morphing into opportunities, not hindrances. I am learning resilience.
What mindfulness apps are you using?
Why do you like them?
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