Cindy Hoard

Inspirational Author and Psychologist


Practice Staying Present in the Moment

Staying Present in the Moment is a never-ending journey that becomes more automatic over time. Deep breathing is vital to the process and mindfulness helps us understand how this can contribute to our overall well-being. A common description by Jon Kabat-Zinn defines mindfulness as… “paying attention in a particular way; on purpose in the present moment and nonjudgmentally.”

Deep, Conscious and Intentional Breaths
Consider what approach works best for you. Create your own practice. Be patient with yourself. Practice consistently. Consider what you want to intentionally cultivate for yourself. Just 3 deep breaths at any time, in any setting or situation is a great starting point.

Our practice does not have to be bound by any specific belief or process. It is what we choose to give ourselves as a gift. You do not have to have a particular goal, except to make the time for yourself, God, something Greater, nature or whatever your higher power may be. Explore possibilities that can arise if we just become still and listen. Stay with the silence for a bit and our deep breathing will help sustain us in the stillness.

Mindfulness Opens Self-Exploration
The awareness of body and spirit that accompanies mindfulness is surprising sometimes yet can teach us so much about ourselves. Focusing on the sensations always present with deep breathing increases appreciation of the automatic experience of breathing that we may take for granted.

One priceless benefit is being able to focus and concentrate on ourselves. Even when I feel the most stressed, the deep breaths help some of those unpleasant physical sensations dissipate. It is a natural result of the calming that comes when we slow down our breathing intentionally, take some deep breaths and simply become more aware. The only goal is to focus our awareness on our amazing self.

Just Being
As I have noted before, shifting our attention from “doing something” to” just being present in the moment” brings our attention to the here and now. In those moments, distractions can fade away even briefly. The ONLY objective is observation of what is taking place in our body. Opportunities for such personal attention are infinite and without any specific requirements.

Simply Inhale with Awareness
There are not any specific requirements or correct or incorrect ways to focus on breathing. When we consciously pay attention to taking deep healing breaths, we can experience moments of peacefulness and calm.

Let’s discover and experience the benefits of such practices, even if it is only once a day. We will find more value, as we increase the frequency of the 3 breaths throughout the day. In addition, experiment with different times, places, and situations.

Please feel free to share your insights, thoughts, questions, and exploration!
Happy Breathing – Cindy

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