Do you ever feel like your days are so busy you can’t think straight, and when you do take a moment to breathe and relax, you can’t turn off your thoughts? It happens to all of us. The simple routine of connecting with your breath and your senses can help bring you into the moment and reset your brain.
- Take a deep breath. Feel the air enter your lungs. Feel the air leave. Feel your breath. Return to normal breaths, but notice as the air moves in and out.
- What do you see? Note your surroundings. Are there trees? What’s the light like? Look up at the clouds. Are you inside? What’s around you?
- What do you feel? Are you sitting? Feel the chair that supports you. Feel your feet on the ground. Feel the breeze going by, or the air coming from the vents. Feel sensations.
- What do you hear? A car going by or the bird singing? Do you hear the leaves in the wind?
- What do you smell? Fresh cut grass? Food cooking? The woman’s perfume next to you? What fragrance surrounds you?
- I often do this practice in the morning as I sip my coffee so I fully take in that sip and taste the flavors. What does your water taste like? What about the sweetness of a mint that’s still lingering? If you’re just pausing in your day, without actual food or beverage nearby, I still suggest you notice if there’s a taste in your mouth. What does your breath taste like as it passes by?
Can you commit to doing this once a day for a week? Give it a try and see what it’s like!