In mediation practice we are taught to focus on the breath and our breathing. Its a simple source to being our attention to, but it goes far beyond just a point of focus.
To some degree, simply paying attention to your breath will make your body adjust its breathing, but that’s OK. When I first began practicing sitting meditation and mindfulness in my daily life I was pretty surprised to find how messed up my breathing was, but I was more surprised to discover how much our breathing affects how we feel.
During a stressful situation, our breathing often becomes quick and shallow, but if you simply become conscious of your breath it will naturally slow down and deepen and this will immediately calm your entire mind and body. The breath is powerful, pay attention to it as you go about your day and you’ll see what I mean.
Peace and Love, Jim