Learning to be present through the breath
by Neva J. Howell unless otherwise noted
Exercise from Thich Nhat Hanh
book “Peace is Every Step”
I’ve tried to read Peace is Every Step by Thich Nhat Hanh several times. Finally had the right frame of mind to start it this morning. I wanted to share a very simple exercise from this book that really helped me center, ground, and be in the NOW this morning.
Thich Nhat Hanh suggests saying the word “In” when breathing in and the word “Out” when breathing out, as a way of bringing focus to the breath and to the present moment.
I used “Breathing in” and Breathing out” and it really, really helped, in a matter of moments, to take the edge off my mind chatter. I certainly don’t claim to have Peace in every step; yet, I can see where the simple refocus on the breath can be a great tool for having more and more moments of peace in my life.
Being more mindful isn’t just a spiritual goal for me; it’s practical as well. I know, if I were mindful, I would not constantly be looking for my car keys and my glasses, for example. There are so many moments I waste looking for things when, if I were practicing mindfulness throughout my day, I’d know where I put things when I put them down!