Experts will tell you that first thing in the morning and last thing at night are excellent times for a breathing practice. This is because the conscious mind is quiet at these times, making the subconscious easier to access.
I agree with this. However, I’ve found that any time is a good time to take a moment and do your breathing practice!
Here are times when I pause to breathe slowly, deeply, and gently:
- during rush hour traffic!!!!
- when there is a lot of pressure at work;
- when co-workers, friends, family, loved ones are getting on my nerves;
- when I feel overwhelmed, scattered, and don’t know what to do next;
- when I’m worried, anxious, or fretting over something;
- when I’m sad (it helps me process the sadness and understand where it’s coming from)
- when I’m angry or frustrated or feeling impatient;
- when I’m disappointed or feeling discouraged….
I find that when I take 5 minutes to do a slow, deep, gentle breathing practice I gain control of my emotions. I can take a longer view of situations and feel more hopeful about my options. I may still have uncomfortable feelings but they are no longer running the show. I can experience them without being steamrolled by them.
Turn to your breathing practice the next time you’re feeling out of sorts. Let me know how it works out for you.
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Your Friend and Pep Pal,