Inhaling peace for finding the inner calm

Day 9

Word of the Day – Inhale

Breathe in deeply to bring your mind home to your body.

– Thich Nhat Hanh

Breathing. From the very first moment of our life, we have been breathing. We breathe the air and thus we live. So what’s new in breathing? But there is an immense power in breathing and this is related to mindfulness. When your mind is wandering, you wish to draw more focus on the present moment, but this takes a lot of time. But if you try to be still and inhale in a deeper way, by few minutes your mind will be calm. That time, if you pay more attention precisely and gently to the breath, coming back again and again, you will slowly cultivate a resilience that allows us to be present when difficulty and temptation arises. Our life is full of distractions, but you can resist yourself to get lost in them. And here lies the key to a peaceful life and be still from within. The breath offers a meaning to our lives. When you will be more attentive to your breathing, you will allow to inhale the serenity and calmness inside.

Here begins the day of Inhale.

The task of the day:
Find a relaxed, comfortable position. 
Sit in a calm place, preferably close to nature. Relax your body. Breathe. Start breathe in and breathe out. You have to do just two activities: Inhale and exhale.
Feel the natural flow of breath—in, out. You don’t need to do anything to your breath. Not long, not short, just natural. Notice where you feel your breath in your body. See if you can feel the sensations of breath, one breath at a time. When one breath ends, the next breath begins.
Notice your breath, in silence. From time to time, you’ll get lost in thought, then return to your breath.

Check in before you check out. After a few minutes, once again notice your body, your whole body, seated here. Let yourself relax even more deeply and then offer yourself some appreciation for doing this practice today.

Quote of the Day:

Inhale the beauties of life to welcome peace and calm.

– The Saffron Storyteller

Affirmations of the day:
Today, I breathe life. Today, I breathe hope. Today, I breathe serenity and calmness within. I inhale peace and exhale all my worries. Today I feel calm from within as I found breathing is itself a peaceful practice.

Write in your journal:
Today you have to write your observation on breathing. Write about your feelings when you were inhaling more mindfully. What you noticed, the changes you observed while breathing. How calmer you are feeling now. How your mind is feeling peaceful, everything related to the task of inhaling.

The last step of the process:
Before you leave the place, assure yourself by saying: “Today I learned to be more attentive towards my breathing. This state of calm makes my mind more peaceful than before. All this paved the way towards inner peace. I dedicated a few minutes to calm the mind and to be aware of this present moment only. I will let this peace of mind stay with me for the whole day. I will come back tomorrow with a new purpose and try to learn a new way of living mindfully.
I am here to receive more peace and more calm in my life.”

This is all for today. We will come back here tomorrow once again with a new way of mindful living. Till then, be mindful, be peaceful.

(This post is a part of my A to Z series on Mindful Living, titled “More Peace, More Calm”. This is also a part of Blogchatter A to Z Challenge. Read all the posts of this series here.)

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I am Swarnali, an Engineer, a Writer, an aspiring Life Coach and a Peace Messenger. I like discovering the blissful truths of life. This blog is a potpourri of my literary offerings. May this journey lead you towards a life full of peace and purpose.

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