What does it mean to be?  According to the dictionary, it means to exist, to have existence, to come about, to breathe.

As life flies by, we get busier and busier.  We don’t think about our existence and we forget to breathe.  We become breathless.  We don’t have time for anything, we don’t know who we are anymore and maybe now is the time to slow down, unwind, find ourselves again, be still … don’t you think?

While I’ve been going through this process of finding my own ‘being’, I came across some very practical, easy ways to help me with my own awareness and  I would like to share some of these practices with you over the next few weeks, as a series of Thyme2B tools.  Hope you will also benefit from this.

TOOL  #1

COUNT YOUR BREATH

As part of our existence, we need to breathe.  It’s easy.  It gives us energy.

  • Wherever you are, become aware of your breathing.
  • How does it feel? Shallow, fast, irregular?
  • Where in your body do you feel your breath? In your throat, in your chest, in your belly?
  • Start breathing deeply.
  • In and out, in and out.
  • Start counting your breaths
  • In and out, in and out.
  • Take 7 deep breaths
  • In and out, in and out.
  • Now inhale, and hold for 7 counts.
  • Exhale and hold for 7 counts.
  • Do this 7 times more.
  • Use this breathing exercise during your busy day, early morning before you get up, in your car waiting for a traffic light to turn green, in your office after a hectic meeting, next to the sports field while waiting on your children, at night just before you go to sleep
  • Let this become an inner journey
  • Take note and journal if you want
  • Ask yourself the following questions – What did I notice about my breath today? Where did it overflow?

You can even try to count your breaths while you are running, or walking, or cycling.  Let me know if you found your breath and how (use the ‘Leave a Comment’ box to do this).  I would love to share some of your comments on the Thyme2B Facebook page and on the website.  We can all learn from each other!

May you have thyme today … to count your breaths.

Love

Liesl