Take a moment to breathe. Deep breath connects us instantly to the calming mechanisms of our body. “As it turns out, deep breathing is not only relaxing, it’s been scientifically proven to effect the heart, the brain, digestion, and the immune system.” (Cuda, 2010) When we take a few deep breaths, we give a signal to the body that it is okay to calm down. Our brain reacts just like the snow globe. We set the snow globe down, the snow settles, and we can now see clearly. When we are able to pause and take a breath, we reconnect to the front part of our brain and lessen the pressure to have to act right away.
A breathing space meditation is a brief meditation used several times each day to gently create a new habit of mindfulness.
The 4-7-8 Breath, pioneered by Harvard-trained Dr. Andrew Weil, is described as a 'natural tranquiliser for the nervous system' helping