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A Quick Exercise to Calm Your Brain

womanmeditatingRIGHT NOW, practice;

Breathing in:

                I calm my brain.

Breathing out:

                I feel the gift of my body that is here.

                          ~ Mindfulness Meditations for the Anxious Traveler

It happens to all of us.

Our brains are wired to get caught up in the routine of everyday life. It seems like the older we get, the more responsibilities we have and the easier it is to practice that continuous fractured attention that we’ve all become so accustomed to.

The joke goes:

There are two teen fish in the ocean talking to each other about the day’s events. An older fish swims by and says, “Hi boys, how’s the water?” The two teen fish look at each other confused as one says, “What the heck is water?”

And so it is, we’re so used to being caught in the stream of life that we lose sight of our ability to just slow down, enjoy and be grateful for the simple things, like our bodies.

In many spiritual traditions, a morning prayer is to be aware of and grateful for the functioning of our bodies.

Whenever you catch yourself getting lost of overwhelmed in the myriad of details in daily life, you can pause and take 30 seconds to do this short practice from one of my favorite little books Mindfulness Meditations for the Anxious Traveler: Quick Exercises to Calm Your Mind:

RIGHT NOW, practice:

Breathing in:

                 I calm my brain.

         Breathing out:

                 I feel the gift of my body that is here.

Of course, you don’t have to be caught in the details to do this; making it a daily practice can ground you to the present moment and open your mind up to the good in life.

Creating this awareness, balance and gratitude may be the greatest gift you can give yourself.

As always, please share your thoughts, stories and questions below. Your interaction creates a living wisdom we can all benefit from. 

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A Quick Exercise to Calm Your Brain

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D.

Elisha Goldstein, Ph.D. is creator of the six month online program A Course in Mindful Living, author of the book Uncovering Happiness: Overcoming Depression with Mindfulness and Self-Compassion, The Now Effect, co-author of A Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction Workbook, Foreword by Jon Kabat-Zinn, author of Mindfulness Meditations for the Anxious Traveler: Quick Exercises to Calm Your Mind, the premier eCourse Basics of Mindfulness Meditation: A 28 Day Program, the Mindful Solutions audio series, and the Mindfulness at Work™ program currently being adopted in multiple multinational corporations. Join The Now Effect Community for free Daily Now Moments and a Weekly Newsletter. Dr. Goldstein is a clinical psychologist in private practice in West Los Angeles.


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APA Reference
Goldstein, E. (2013). A Quick Exercise to Calm Your Brain. Psych Central. Retrieved on May 25, 2018, from https://blogs.psychcentral.com/mindfulness/2013/06/a-quick-exercise-to-calm-your-mind/

 

Last updated: 15 Jun 2013
Last reviewed: By John M. Grohol, Psy.D. on 15 Jun 2013
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