• Mindfulness: Resting our mind

    Mindful Business Traveler
    two-taxis-nyc-500x247If you have ever experienced “monkey mind” – the chatter of your own mind as it moves from thought to thought in an endless loop – you know it can be quite tiring.

    How can we begin to give our mind the rest it needs, especially when we are on the road?

    Fortunately, relief is literally right under our nose in the form of our breath.

    Usually, when we breathe in, we have no idea it is happening. Likewise when we breathe out. This is an automatic process that doesn’t require our conscious attention to function.

    But one way to rest your mind is to simply let it be aware of your in-breath.

    Let’s practice together

    Say you are sitting in the back of a cab in an unfamiliar city. You might take this opportunity to be aware of your breath, silently saying to yourself:

    (as the air passes in through the nose)

    “Breathing in, I know I am breathing in.”

    (as the air passes out from the nose)

    “Breathing out, I know I am breathing out.”

     

    (as the air passes in through the nose)

    “Breathing in, I know I am breathing in.”

    (as the air passes out from the nose)

    “Breathing out, I know I am breathing out.”

     

    We might even shorten this to:

    (as the air passes in through the nose)

    “In”

    (as the air passes out from the nose)

    “Out”

     

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    A person aware of three breaths in a row – in, out, in, out, in, out – is already in a different state of consciousness than before. A little lighter, a little freer, a little happier.

    A person taking five mindful breaths in a row – in, out, in, out, in, out, in, out, in, out  – may break into a smile, and perhaps even laugh. “Oh, here I am.”

    Some of us have been driving down the road of life with our mind on something else. When you bring your mind back to your body, it’s like bringing a camera into focus. You are suddenly there, and everything around you becomes sharper, more vivid and more real.

    It’s good to come home to yourself. Regardless of where you are in your itinerary.

    After all, peace is every step.

    Your friend,

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    The Mindful Business Traveler

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