Meditation for Complete Beginners – Breath
The second area of focus for the ABCs of meditation is “B,” which stands for “breath.”
Our physical body responds to our breath. For example, when we’re anxious we quicken our breath, our heart rate increases and we become stressed. In stressful situations, one of the first things we do is shorten or change our breath. When we slow and control our breath, we can lower our heart rate and become more at peace.
Fun fact about breath: in other languages “breath” and “spirit” mean the same thing and are interchangeable. When we breathe, we embrace the essence of who we are.
In the medical community, there is a growing appreciation for the positive impact deep breaths can have on physiology, both in the mind and in the body. According to research, many of these beneficial effects can be attributed to a reduced stress response in the body.
If you are a nurse in the height of a stressful situation or emergency, you can help your patients control their breath so they can relax. Encourage your patients to take deep breaths by deeply inhaling and exhaling.
Let’s meditate and focus on our breath!
Did you have a chance to read our first blog in this meditation series? If not, we encourage you to take a look: Meditation for Complete Beginners – Awareness.
This tip is brought to you by Healing Mariah.