Mindful Breathing Exercise 1

Mindful Breathing

Sync your breathing to the animation

Breathe    In

Breathe   Out

The primary focus in Mindfulness Meditation is the breathing. However, the primary goal is a calm, nonjudging awareness, allowing thoughts and feelings to come and go without getting caught up in them. This creates calmness and acceptance.

Click start to begin the exercise.
Instructions will change automatically, giving you time for each step.

Sit comfortably, with your eyes closed and yourspine reasonably straight.

Direct your attention to your breathing.

When thoughts, emotions, physical feelings or external sounds occur, simply accept them, giving them the space to come and go without judging or getting involved with them.

When you notice that your attention has drifted off and is becoming caught up in thoughts or feelings, simply note that the attention has drifted, and then gently bring the attention back to your breathing.

It's ok and natural for thoughts to arise, and for your attention to follow them. No matter how many times this happens, just keep bringing your attention back to your breathing.

Mindfulness meditations like this have been shown to increase the ability to relax, improve energy and self-esteem as well as improve enthusiasm for life.

Learn more by visiting our Educational Resources Page for Mindfulness