Mindful Forest Breathing… Forest Breathing is all about being Mindful and being out in Nature. You don’t have to have a Forest to do this… Just go outside and find some green space away from the noise and hubbub of everyday life. You will feel more connected and more Sensuous when you stay in touch with Mother Nature. This is a 5 minute exercise for when you only have a few minutes to spare but remember that minutes add up and 5 minutes done regularly adds up.
Mindful Meditation – A 5-Minute Meditation Practice for Forest Breathing
Find a comfortable place to Sit.
Close your eyes, and rest your open hands, palms up, on your knees.
Minute 1: Deep Breathing.
Begin by Following your Breath in through your nose and out through your mouth. Inhale for the count of 4, then Exhale to the count of 6. Become aware of how your body feels as you sit there with your eyes closed.
Minute 2: Find your Natural Breath . . .
Stop Counting and feel the Pace of your Natural Breath . . . feel your Body Rising and Falling. Become aware of how your body feels as you sit there being Still. This is Mindful Breathing . . . becoming fully aware of your Breath as it moves in and out of your Body.
Minute 3: Continue Mindful Breathing being fully aware of your Breath.
If thoughts come, just look at them, and then imagine them floating down a river, or put them on a cloud and watch them gently float away.
Minute 4: Slowly stop Focusing on your Awareness of your Breath and just be Still.
There is nothing that you have to do.
Minute 5: Reorient yourself to your surroundings.
Adopt an attitude of Mindful Gratitude. Think about something that you are grateful for. Open your Eyes, and carry this peacefulness along with you today.
Forest Breathing for 20 minutes.
You can go through the steps of Mindful Meditation. You can stay in each phase as long as you wish. Deep Breathing in the Forest increases the Oxygen in your Body, so be sure to do that phase a bit longer than 1 minute if you can. The Trees and Plants are creating Oxygen for us, and we give them Carbon Dioxide. It’s a really beautiful arrangement. Feel gratitude for the Trees, and Feel their Gratitude towards you. I believe that the Trees are out there being still, breathing and meditating . . . we can learn from them. Find a place in the woods and begin.