Mindful Forest Breathing

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.

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The Sensuous Woman’s Cure for Stress

THE SENSUOUS WOMAN’S CURE FOR STRESS…
GET SOME NEGATIVE IONS!

       When you are feeling overwhelmed by Life, for one reason or another . . . Go Outside, and spend time in Nature. Find a place to sit near trees and moving water, if possible. Leave your electronics inside for at least half an hour or more. Take a journal, and something to drink. I also take a pillow along so I can sit anywhere I want. Nature is outside generating Oxygen and Negative ions for you!

      Negative ions are the good ones. Negative Ions are healing, and increase the Oxygen in your brain. This increases Serotonin, alertness, and your Sense of Well Being. Look for a place with a babbling brook, or go to the Beach, or to the Mountains. Find a Nature Preserve near where you live, and go there as often as you can. These are the places where you will find tens of thousands of Negative Ions in the air. A spring thunderstorm also creates an abundance of Negative Ions.

      When you go to one of these special places, or sit outside after a thunderstorm . . . Just sit, listen, and write if you want. Breathe in deeply and slowly, and exhale completely. Relax your eyes as you gently gaze at the water, or the natural setting that surrounds you. If you have trouble sitting still, do 5 minutes of Yoga, or any moves you like. As you breathe in, focus on the energy-filled, clean air as it flows through you . . . and, as you breathe out, imagine that all of your stress is flowing out of your body, mind, and soul. Continue to breathe slow, long, deep breaths. This is a wonderful time to listen for messages from your Inner Wisdom. If you notice any thoughts that you want to remember, grab your journal, and make a few notes.

      When you really can’t get away . . . you can increase the Negative Ions Indoors where you live by adding plants and moving water into your environment. Create or buy a fountain, and a few houseplants to help clean the air, and generate negative ions.  You really can create an indoor green space. It’s easier than you think. I will write “How To’s” in other blog entries. 

      So the next time you are feeling stressed, remember the Sensuous Woman’s Cure for Stress …  and get some Negative Ions!