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  • Writer's pictureEvelyn Ball

Self-Discovery, Just a Breath Away

Updated: Apr 11

How we grow to understand ourselves begins with an effort to pay attention, and become curious. In our fast-paced culture, it's easy to overlook the power of mindfulness and the profound impact it can have on our well-being. Today, we delve into the transformative practice of mindfulness, exploring the connection between the mind, body, and the Self.



Embracing Mindfulness in Everyday Life

Mindfulness isn't only a purposeful meditation practice. It is also a practice of emotional courage: turning our gaze inward, asking authentic questions internally, and intentionally facing what has previously felt threatening. This involves transforming our instinct to look away, shut down, or dismiss, into a practice of looking towards, boldly.


At the core of mindfulness is the ability to access the Self—the internal, observing, and compassionate energy that resides within each of us. This involves increasing sensory awareness and tapping into that core Self-energy.


The Power of Breath: A Gateway to Mindfulness

Breathing, often an involuntary and overlooked aspect of life, becomes a potent tool in the practice of mindfulness. Conscious and intentional breathing can counteract the stress response and initiate the relaxation response, bringing the body back to a state of calm.


Diaphragmatic Breathing

One technique to achieve this is through the use of diaphragmatic breathing. By deliberately contracting the diaphragm, situated below our lungs and above the stomach, we engage in conscious breaths that lead to a cascade of benefits.


The 4-7-8 Technique

Another powerful method is the 4-7-8 breathing technique—four counts of breathing in through the nose, seven counts of holding the breath, and eight counts of exhaling fully. This rhythmic breathing not only helps fill our lungs but also focuses the mind on a neutral activity, quieting intrusive thoughts.


Benefits of Mindful Breathing

The advantages of incorporating mindful breathing into our daily lives are vast:

  • Lowering heart rate and blood pressure

  • Reducing reflux, anxiety, and stress

  • Improving focus and mental clarity

  • Enhancing the quality of sleep

  • Creating a conducive environment for both physical and psychological health

Breathe with Me: A 45-Second Practice

In just 45 seconds, we can stimulate a curative, physiological response by practicing mindful breathing. By integrating this simple exercise two to three times a day for a couple of minutes, we can experience a significant shift in our stress level.





The 4-7-8 Breathing Technique





A Note of Caution - It's essential to note that you may feel light-headed initially, so it's crucial to practice seated and at your own pace. Only extend the duration of the practice when you feel comfortable doing so.





Diaphragmatic Breathing





In conclusion, as we embrace mindfulness, explore intentional breathing, and connect with our inner Selves, we unlock the potential for profound, personal transformation. I invite you to embark on this journey one breath at a time.


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