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Counting the In-Breath to Calm the Mind

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Jiva Masheder
Mindfulness & Self-Compassion Teacher
The breath is our best friend in mindfulness - but it's often not easy to keep the mind there. Adding soft counting can really help to keep the mind gently focused and not straying off.
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15 reflections
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Niamh
so helpful!
I learned that just using the breath is so helpful for calming my whirling thoughts and racing mind and finding a few minutes peace
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Kat
Calming things down
Being able to calm things down just for a moment, the count of ten breaths, can often feel like such a gift when things feel hectic. A small space to give ourselves room to breathe which is much needed.
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Susan
Counting The In Nreath
Such an easy way to be calm and focused. My mind was running all over the place with plans and worries but it became peaceful when I counted. Thank you.
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Joyce
Being present
I like the explanation that counting is not the point of the exercise but a tool to remain present for long enough to reap benefits. Namaste
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Martin
Counting helped focus
Counting definitely helped me focus on my breath and relaxed me a lot more, great exercise!
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Klarissa
Anchor
Oh my gosh I loved this one! Counting really helped anchor my mind. I think I’ll take this exercise into my daily life ❤️
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Isabelle
anxiety gone
counting my breath made my stress and anxiety melt away. i felt calm and i wasn’t tense anymore.
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Franny
10 Seconds Away from Peace
When we were young, we were taught to count sheep or “bottles on the wall” to fall asleep or pass the time. Both of which keep us from the present moment. A distraction even. We lost that sentiment as an adult. How ironic that counting something as constant and consistent as our breath allows us to stay present. Grounds us. Anchors us. It’s been there for us all along. A constant reminder that we’re 10 seconds away from peace.
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Nick
Automatic breathing
I learned that it's nice to have someone there to just be a positive source of influence to help you breathe and feel safe. Calm really stems from having the right support.
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Megan
Just the start
I learned that taking a minute can help you focus more. Taking time to gather your thoughts.
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The Amazing Ty
Exhale
I cannot ensure that my son follows all safety precautions we have worked to instill in him to ready himself for his first day of school tomorrow, I can pray and breathe through the moment at drop off and exhale when I pick him up!
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jess 🧡
counting
i found that counting my breaths made it much more easier for me to focus on my breathing, while also preventing my mind from wandering. a really great practice :)
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Michelle
Monday.
I felt centered, aware, present. My breath feels most alive in my chest.
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Meg
I felt stressed today. My anxiety felt in check, but I just felt drained. Every task seemed daunting like I didn’t have the energy or motivation to complete it in a timely manner.
I learned that taking time to breathe helps me relax. I’m working to be more intentional with my energy and focus. Some days are harder than others, but I’m optimistic it will benefit my mindset and mental health.
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Rebecca
Calmer
I can calm my mind and ease the tension and find peace in my my life♥️✨
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