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Hello Zen Friends

A 3-Minute Breathing Space Exercise To Get You Grounded

Autumn is a second spring where every leaf is a flower, each falling leaf in brilliant colour dancing on a windy day. The sun is lower and the sky a deeper blue. Such beauty. Don’t miss it. Make sure you stop, take a look, some big deep breaths and watch the leaves falling.

A great opportunity, take a look at those trees and give yourself a 3 minute breathing space hug.

What you’ll need for this quick 3 minute practice:

Where can you do it?

  • Anywhere – if you can’t see a tree, smile, loosen those tight shoulders and use your imagination
  • Try any busy (leafy) street
  • Take a walk for no reason other than to look at the trees

What you’ll need from within:

  • Courage to let go of your busy thinking narrative
  • Ability to look and hear and smell

What you’ll get:

  • Seeing all things in perspective
  • Resolve some niggling problem
  • Increase your focus

Instructions:

  • Close your eyes
  • Take a big breath in to the count of five
  • Open your eyes slowly and breathe out to the count of seven
  • Repeat twice
  • Breathe in to the count of five with eyes open and look at a leaf on a tree – probably not an evergreen!!! Although it has its own steadfast beauty in each individually different leaf 🙂
  • Breathe out to the count of seven…or you may find it easier to just carry on counting through to twelve on the out breath
  • Eyes open now, really counting those breaths in and out. Really look at those leaves, maybe one will break free for you and float through the air, watch it like you have never seen a leaf before
  • Let your five in and seven out breathing settle into a rhythm and at the end of each long out breath now count one, then two until you are up to ten
  • Smile at the tree, give yourself a big in breath hug and breathe out as slow as you can – that’s your three minute breathing space hug
  • Repeat at least once every day until the branches are bare and the snow is falling

Mindfulness is a way of paying attention to whatever is happening in our lives, inside and out, in the present moment. When we connect with the present, with things as they are, we become stronger. We live in the present, be sure to feel and touch it, your future depends on it.