Put your breath in your belly where it belongs.
Take a moment to notice your breath wherever you are right now. Where is it in your body? I’m serious. Feel your breath in your body. Is it fillings your lungs on each in inhale? Are you holding on to your exhale? How deep in the belly does it reach? Is it even traveling to the belly or is it staying stagnant in your chest and shoulders?
If you’re feeling low on energy or tired today, your breath can be doing a lot more for you.
Your breath is one of your greatest sources of energy, but most of us aren’t even taking one full, mindful breath a day.
Put your belly in your belly where it belongs. Here’s a practice to get you started.
Practice It: Breathe In, Breathe Out
Take a peek at your posture. Sit up with a long, tall spine, align shoulders over hips and head over heart.
As you breathe in, feel the coolness of each inhale through your nostrils.
As you breathe out, feel the touch of warmth of each exhale through your nostrils.
With each inhale, think of the words “breathe in.”
With each exhale, think of the words “breathe out.”
That’s it. It’s that simple.
Pay attention to your breath for just a few breaths every day. It could be the first few breaths you take when you wake up in the morning or the last few breaths before bed.
Study your breath throughout the day. Get familiar with its quality and texture. Make every breath count.