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Practice Breath Awareness First

Updated: Aug 7, 2023

Life can be hectic and leave us feeling disconnected. Luckily, a simple solution can bring us back to the present moment and restore balance. It's called breath awareness, an ancient technique that offers numerous benefits for physical, mental, and emotional health.

If you're new to wellness practices and interested in Breathwork, these five breath awareness practices are a great place to start. Try doing them five or six times daily, taking five or six breaths. When I first started, I set a timer on my phone to remind me daily until it became a habit. These practices are simple yet highly effective, and their benefits accumulate over time, making them an excellent foundation for any well-being routine.

Try these five breath awareness practices, highlighted for their simplicity and incredible impact on our well-being. These practices can easily be incorporated into your daily routine, from mindful breathing exercises to brief pauses.

Focus on the sensation- One way to notice breath awareness is to bring your attention to the physical sensation of breathing. Feel the air entering and leaving your nostrils or the rise and fall of your abdomen. Please pay attention to the temperature and texture of the breath as it flows in and out.

Observe the rhythm- Notice the natural rhythm of your breath. Is it shallow or deep? Fast or slow? Without trying to control or manipulate it, observe the pace and pattern of your breathing. This can help you become more aware of your breath and bring you into the present moment.

Follow the breath- Another way to cultivate breath awareness is to follow the breath with your attention. As you inhale, mentally note that you are inhaling, and as you exhale, note that you are exhaling. You can also count your breaths, starting from one and going up to ten, and then starting over again. This practice helps anchor your focus on the breath and prevents your mind from wandering.

Notice the pauses- Pay attention to the pause between the inhalation and exhalation and between the exhalation and inhalation. Observe the stillness and quietness that arise in those moments. By noticing the breaks, you can deepen your breath awareness and cultivate a sense of calm and presence.

Expand your awareness- While paying attention to the breath, also expand your awareness to include the sensations in your body and the environment around you. Notice any bodily sensations, sounds, or thoughts that arise, but gently bring your focus back to the breath. This broader awareness can help you develop a more holistic sense of breath awareness and deepen your mindfulness practice.

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To cultivate breath awareness, focus on the physical sensation of breathing, without trying to control it. Note the inhalation and exhalation or count your breaths. Expand your awareness by including bodily sensations, sounds, or thoughts that arise while focusing on the breath.
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