Keep it short, simple and sweet. Practice this as often as you want. Choose a location that is convenient, safe and comfortable for you at the moment. Setting a timer will take any edge of "one more thing to do" away, but you can just as easy practice this while in line at the store, while listening to your family at dinner, paying bills, or walking your dog! The point is to do it. Get comfortable. It doesn't matter what you are doing, but do become as aware of your body and surroundings as possible. Focus on your inhales and exhales. The ins and the outs. No need to change anything, just watch. Observe where you feel your inhales entering your body and where you feel your exhales leaving your body. Anything you observe about your breath counts, and there is no right or wrong way. Have fun reconnecting to the mystery of this life giving energy! Keep redirecting your thoughts back to your breath until your timer goes off, or until you feel more relaxed and settled. Breath awareness is also practice of being sweet to yourself, so no asking, pleading, bargaining or creating excuses. Just keep observing your breath. Whatever it might be doing is correct. Listen to the sound of your breath and whatever else you happen to hear. Feel your breath and the atmosphere around you. Be with the whole experience. When the timer goes off, thank yourself for choosing to practice breath awareness and return to your responsibilities. Added bonus: Journal about your experience!
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