AN EXERCISE: MINDFULNESS OF BREATHING MEDITATION
• Get comfortable, for example in an upright seated position, and set a timer on your alarm clock if you are giving yourself a digital-free space, or on your phone using a meditation app or the timer function. Start at 10 minutes and work up to as long as feels comfortable for you.
• Bring your attention to your breath, closing your mouth and allowing the breath to naturally flow in and out of your nose. Notice how it feels as the air enters your nose and how your lungs inflate and deflate. Imagine the breath travelling up and down the full length of your spine.
• Don’t force your breathing – just notice it.
• Become aware of and acknowledge any thoughts, without judgment, as they enter your mind. Then let them go and bring your attention back to your breath.
• Remember to practise self-kindness. Your mind will wander – don’t worry. Just keep bringing your attention back to your breath until the timer sounds.
THIS IS AN EXTRACT FROM LINNEA DUNNE’S GOOD MORNINGS