I know that this sounds boring, but I am going to remind you how meditation and deep breathing will help relax your mind.  I also want to remind you of the benefits of deep breathing.  It lowers your blood pressure, slows your heart rate, and clears your mind.  This benefits alone proves that we have to relax as much possible.  I found this article to help you practice deep breathing.  The name of this technique is called the Relaxation Response.

Relaxation Response

Relaxation Response is taught at the Benson-Henry Institute for Mind/Body Medicine at the Massachusetts General Hospital, teaching people how to manage the negative effects of stress and reduce stress-related symptoms.  First, find a quiet place and sit in a comfortable position. Try to relax your muscles then close your eyes.  Choose a focus word, phrase, or prayer that has special meaning to you is firmly rooted in your belief system or makes you feel peaceful. Some examples are “one”, “peace”, “The Lord is my shepherd”, “Hail Mary full of grace”, or “shalom”.

Breathing Repetitions

Breathe slowly and naturally. Inhale through your nose and pause for a few seconds. Exhale through your mouth, again pausing for a few seconds. Silently say your focus word, phrase, or prayer as you exhale. Don’t worry about how well you are doing and don’t feel bad if thoughts or feelings intrude.  Simply say to yourself “Oh well” and return to your repetition.  Becoming aware of where you are, slowly open your eyes and get up gradually.  This technique is usually practiced for ten to 20 minutes per day, or at least three to four times a week.

At first, you will not feel anything, but after a few weeks, you will feel more relaxed and the more mindful you are.



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