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Just Breathe

Added on October 24, 2012

Sitting.

Sitting and watching.

Sitting and watching the breath.

Just breathe. Watch the breath as it comes and goes. Stay with the breath, your connection to the body, to what is real and present.

Bored. Mind wanders. I wonder what I’ll make for dinner tonight. Wait, I’m thinking now.

Just Breathe.

Sitting and watching the breath. Observing the in-breath and the out-breath. Breathing in, breathing out. Breathing in, breathing out.

Mind wanders. Why did Pat make that comment about what I was wearing today? Was it meant to be a compliment or an insult? Am I getting too fat? Maybe I shouldn’t have had that helping of desert after lunch today. Will I fit into my dress for the party on Saturday night? OMG, how will I find time to shop for a new dress in only 2 days?! Wait, is it already Thursday? I wonder what I’ll make for dinner tonight…

Thoughts, thoughts, never ending and meaningless thoughts. Just breathe.

Well I’m trying to breathe, but I’m no good at this. I keep trying, but I just can’t get it right. Ah…, there’s the judgement.

Observing the judgement, the thoughts. I don’t need to identify with any of it. None of it is me, it’s only my mind’s restless activity. Just thoughts.

Curiosity. I wonder when my mind will still. I wonder if my mind will still. More thoughts!

Sitting, observing the breath.  Accepting the boredom, the restless mind, the sense of the breath. Open to this experience of breathing in, breathing out. Settling into the breath…

 



About Judith Lissing

Judith Lissing is a Clinical Hypnotherapist and Wellness Coach, with 15 years experience in teaching stress management and meditation. She holds a Bachelor of Science degree with Honours in Immunology and a Masters degree in Public Health, both from the University of NSW. She is also an Associate Lecturer in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of NSW since 1999. Judith is trained in Wellness Coaching with Wellcoaches U.S. and holds a Diploma in Hypnotherapy. Prior to coaching professionally, Judith held a statewide management role with NSW Health working with all levels of staff across the health sector.




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