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Simplest Breath Focus Meditation

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Dorothy Ratusny
Psychotherapist & Meditation Teacher
Practice and deepen your ability to focus attention on your breath with these simple strategies.  This is how you can enjoy greater focus - deliberately - in many other places in your life. 
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Sumedha
Breathe....
We need to practice daily to concentrate our mind. Just like we practice anything else in life. By practicing this exercise through the experiment of breath we precarias the concentration of our mind. Let us all practice daily. Have a wonderful day everyone.
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Michelle
Breathing Meditations
Breathing Meditations really help when I'm feeling anxious . It's such a simple mindful technique, but when we caught up in our overwhelming thoughts and anxiety we truly forget to do this. Thank you
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Harvey
Attention
A simplified explanation of mindfulness in a way that makes concentration clearer
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Philip
Breathing
Concentrate on your breathing! Focus! Breathing is so important, pay attention to your in and out.
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Rosie
Focus
I learned that if I take my time to just focus on my breathing, I'm able to relax more easily.
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Aaron
Bringing focus back
I often have a problem with my mind wandering to different places and this taught me to bring my focus back and focus on my breathing. This not only worked but made me feel so much better then when I started
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Karl
Never say no to knowing.
What I've learned is, what I've always known. But never applied. Which brings me face to face with my contradictory ignorance. -Zion Crosse
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Alicia
Reminders of going back to center...
I learned that in the midst of my healing meditation that it's okay for my mind to drift. And that it's simply a reminder to recenter myself. This breathing tool can then be used when I experience anxiety bc it is a centering mechanism.
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Rosa
Breath focus
My mind can wander but i have the power to bring it back into focus - focus on my breathing, on an object, etc.
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Katie
Realizations
I have control over my own thoughts and feelings. When I'm feeling blue, all I need to do is reconnect with myself, breath, and redirect those thoughts/feelings. It's as simple and easy as that. I find it difficult to remember the control and power I have when I'm in the depths of anger, but hopefully this practice will help me remain in a constant state of Being Love.
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Nelly
Day 9
....I'm just sad...It was a good mediation to help me focus on me instead of my goal all the time...(my vision)In a complete dark area I sit glowing with my lil lite in my hands shaking while focusing on my breath...I'll say it again this world has so much turmoil you have to find peace in you...
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Scott
Great meditation
Mindful breathing meditation is so helpful in calming my mind and anxious thoughts.
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Maria
Blessings
I need to pay more attention to my breathing throughout the day to keep my mind on the positive healing of my body after my operation.
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Kassidy
Counting breathes
Simply by taking a few minutes out of my busy morning to just connect to the spirit gods within simple breathes#FEELS AMAZING 💪🏽🤙🏽
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Rachel
Breatbe
I just got out of surgery and the recovery process is very painful, this was good for me to focus on something other than the pain
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Pamela
Breathing
If I focus on my breathing, I can redirect my thoughts and clear my mind more easily/freely. 💕
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Schawana
Slow down
Slow down and take time for me. I need to appreciate the down moments in time and not feel as if is a waste of time.
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Cassie
Attention
Meditation uses kindness to bring our attention back to where we are.
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Britt
We must prepare for failure
I am on a journey of mindfulness. I have goals for my body and my mind and along this journey I have been confronted with results that I was not hoping for. I realize now however that I am exactly where I need to be despite these irritations, because what is truly good or bad? It is all just variances of this journey through life.
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Phil
Return to focus
I learned to remind myself, when my mind wanders or races, or others’ around me do, to return my thoughts and focus to my presence.
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JC
Being Love
I learned to be the breath. I’m reminded of the how simple the journey of meditation can be when focusing on breath. Breath in itself appears to be the purest act of love.
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Naomi
I can focus on my breathing and I can bring my mind back from other thoughts.
It's important to focus on the breath to refocus , to help bring you back to the heat and now as that is all that we have. Letting go of everything thing else in the mind
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Courtney
The Voices
I learned that the voices of these people throw me off. Why aren’t they speaking like normal people. The irregular pauses really distract me.
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Joshua
Practicing
For whatever reason I am struggling with getting the breath cadence correct.
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Amanda
Breathing.
This is an amazing meditation to help soothe my restless anxious mind. I loved this one! It’s so important to detach from the world sometimes and just focus on your breathing and being a being. Being grateful for the skin you’re in and the air you breath. It is truly a magical thing.
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Olivia
Distractions
Bright lights, small noises, people talking in another room, these were all distractions I noticed instead of my breath, but regaining focus was also very easy. I like breath exercises and think they really help you gain control of situations!
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Cristina
Awareness
I’m more aware when my mind wonders off and can easily gently bring it back to my breathing . I love this :)
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Jesse
Day 3
I noticed so much more my wondering thoughts in this exercise, perhaps because of the long pauses. But I enjoyed it because when she came back in to refocus me I felt so in control, and that my wondering thoughts weren’t as powerful as my ability to focus on my breathing.
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Alexander
Breathing Meditation
I found this meditation inspirational for me to work on concentrating my attention on my breathing while meditating. It is a wonderful thing to meditate when we breath in and out without wandering away from our thoughts.
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Kayla
Focusing
I learned that even though there are multiple distractions around me, it is very easy to bring my focus back on my breathing. I am extremely thankful for this meditation as i have finally learned how to take control of what I should be focusing on. I will be using this in other aspects of my life.
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Aeryn
Not going through the motions
I have noticed sometimes I kind of "float" through my meditations and don't give them my full focus, but I have learned that I do a much better job of meditating when I give it my full attention, and will strive to always do so in the future!
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Everett
Fusion mint
Fade flutter and spy on me please take me to jolly old love and joy
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Helen
Present
It's not about being present but about returning to the present.
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Deborah
Breath Focus Meditation
I found this meditation very helpful in helping me to focus. I was able to bring back my focus easily.
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Sean
Focus
Focus takes effort. Even while breathing, my mind wandered. Being mindful to me means being aware of your situation and focusing.
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Paul
Focus
It’s quite hard to focus when there’s a continual stimulation.
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Justine
I have learnt that it is ok to have these moments to myself.
It is ok to say no when I am meditating if I am interrupted. To send them away and talk to them later. I am important too.
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Michael
Middle of work day
My anxiety is constant and I need to work on alleviating that
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Yolanda
D1
I learned that early mornings are best for me to meditate .I feel so relaxed. It’s going to be a good day .
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Alyssa
12/26/17
I learned that it is okay for our mind to wander during meditations. Lately, my mind has been wandering but acknowledging it and returning the attention to the breaths is all that is needed.
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Justin
Focus Your Mind
Learning to focus your mind on your breath when distracted assists in the overall control of our thoughts and mind.
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Stephanie
Day 2 - Moving Day
I have little control over the things around me, but i have control of myself and i need to take care of myself.
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Danni
Starting Point
Focusing on my breath is simply the starting point because that skill and that habit can, and should be applied in other areas of my life.
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Hailey
The power of my breath
Focusing on my breath will help the train my brain to stay focused and concentrated on one thing at a time over time.
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Michelle
Breathing Focus
Focusing on your breath is a good way to feel centered and a good place to go back to when your mind drifts. It's also amazing quiet time.
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Susie
Love yourself
Love is not a fairytale because it comes with patience, compromise with my boyfriend, respect my self, understanding my partner’s needs , work on our differences and show our strengths in love
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Jorge
Simpleza
Al reconocer todo lo que nos rodea y las sensaciones que eso nos genera, nos permitimos aceptar que las cosas más simples de la vida, también son las que más nos llenan. Aceptar el hecho de que estamos vivos y podemos hacer más con nuestro tiempo es tan simple y a la vez tan dejado de lado...
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Taylor
Breathing
I learned to focus on the breath. But it’s ok if my mind wanders. It’s a reminder to come back to the breath.
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Christine
Breathing
Focusing on my breathing is a natural calming and relaxation tool
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Jason
Focus
Train the mind to focus one thing. Singularity of all our attention. It’s beautiful.
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Mendy
Breath
Deep breathe shallow breath focus and redirect is the key. Constant redirect gently.
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Sarah
1/26/18
I forgot to do meditation yesterday :( feels good to be back tho
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Nicole
Simple Breath Focus
I loved this meditation and the act of focusing into my breaths, in and out. Forgiving yourself gently when your mind wanders. Amazing how many times that can happen in such a short timeframe. Not easy or simple!
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Reemy
Brewthinh
It is so magical. What is does to us and to our over all well being is wonderful.
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Kevin
Focus on the breath
Sounds easy and obvious, but actually DOING IT has a huge impact
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Glenn
Mindfulness 101
The key here is to simply catch yourself when your mind starts to wander. Take the opportunity each time to congratulate yourself on noticing the wandering mind and gently bring the focus back to the breathe. Such a simple exercise but it makes a huge difference over time.
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Tammy
Simplest breath
It was nice to know that even the most seasoned meditators struggle with thoughts. They also have to catch themselves and bring themselves back to the breath. We are all human it seems.
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Joyce
Strength in Focus
I remained a few minutes longer in the silence to practice breath focus. I found if I count my inhale as 1 and my exhale as 2 I have a better chance of remembering what number I’m on in the count to 10, then I just do it twice. It was good to hear that even the most practiced experience wandering minds and that’s all part of the strengthening. Namaste
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Natalie
Get Back Up
While I’ve been saying it to myself, today is the first moment that I knew in my essence… it’s all about getting back on the horse… because we ARE going to fall. It was a click/mind shift. How wonderful is that?!
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Nancy
Maintain breathing
Breathing is the key to really being in tuned with yourself. It helps to relieve stress and also helps you to pinpoint an area to focus on so that your mind will not go astray to things that worry you.
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Mikayla
Mindful breathing
Minding breathing is relaxing, it puts me in the state of vulnerability that sleep is able to take over without me realizing.
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Aggelos
Breathe
I learned that with breath I can relax my body and mind so I can go on the rest of my day!
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Anna
Distraction
Distractions need to be accepted. Instead of being frustrated with them, use them as cues to bring your attention back.
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Lorraine
Mrs.
Just by keeping yourself from getting interrupted; now that was the hard part. The breathing technique works fantastically combined with a cup of hot Chai tea. And in addition to that, my spelling part of my brain is working better than it ever has before. I just want to say again in reference to how the breathing technique has improve that sensor part of my brain actually relaxed me tremendously. So my explanation would be this; I usually cook for relaxation. But now, I think that I found another hobby that is less messier and easier to keep clean and a lot cheapier. And most of all; WAIT FOR IT.......WAIT FOR IT.....I WILL NOT GET FAT by doing it. (Huh!!). I can’t put another explanation on it. So, thank you to the person who lead this breathing exercise. Sincerely, Lorraine
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Cresean
Visualizing Breath
I learned that I can actually envision my breath entering and leaving my body.
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valerie
:)
i learned that by simply breathing and drawing my attention to my breath i can feel better. namaste
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Luna
Breath Focus
I was reminded that I would never be able to only focus on my breathing. The real achievement is to realize when I'm not where my breath is and come back to that place. It keeps me from feeling so frustrated that I'm not where I think I should be, experiencing what I think I should experience.
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Marisa
Day 64
Today I noticed that my mind wandered a lot but i was able to refocus in the breath
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Tara
Focus on the breath
By focusing on my breath I can still my mind and experience a feeling of restful piece. Doing this meditation moved me from the state of anxiety and stress to a state of calm.
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Milton
Focus
I learning to focus more and concentrate more on my breathe during meditation. It helps to quite my mind and feel balanced during session.
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Pretty
Breath is key
Quiet early mornings are great for practicing breath work and meditation so that when my hectic afternoons are happening I can resolve to make it back to a peaceful moment with my breath
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Erica
Practice
This is one that I need a lot of practice with. My mind and its wandering focus. Part of one of my major goals with all of this is to work on the mental "discipline" that I have especially in relation to emotions. Its not to shut them down or block anything, but to acknowledge without staying there, to make sure to return focus to the breathe.
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Guy
Dostracted
Struggled to stay focused today. But naturally more relaxed.
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Stephanie
Day 9
I struggled maintaining my focus but I could bring my attention back to my breathing. I liked this because my mind is everywhere right now and I got to calm down a bit.
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Kayleigh
I noticed...
Even when there’s a lot on your mind. There’s always a way to get it off.
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Kayleigh
I felt
You have to really pay attention to your breathing. And when you do... everything else becomes non existent
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Clare
Breath focus
So good to be compassionate in my spiritual practice and to come back to the breath each time with Love
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Kimberly
Breath
Remembering to breath and focus is so calming. A good practice to use throughout the day.
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Katie
Gently hold
Thanks for reminding me that our goal is to hold not control during our breathing meditation! What a difference :)
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Becca
Namaste
I noticed that by focusing on my breath, it brings me great inner peace. So thankful I chose to practice my meditation this morning!
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Beth
Breath focus
I am still distracted and more easily stressed. This is a gentle reminder of what I can do to control my thoughts
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Ram
Pranayama
Very simple very peaceful and hence very soulful...And very well guided with no complication. The first step (and only step?) Towards peace, acceptance and (spiritual) love...
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Alex
Just breath
I learn that slow breathing is a good way to realize your though patterns and let them pass like moving traffic.
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Madeline
Friday morning
i felt very calm and relaxed and now i feel stress free i learned that sometimes you just need to focus on your breathing and nothing else to control your brain
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Alex
Focus
Focusing on the breath for me has been such a game changer! It is so relaxing and frees my brain from all the drama. Really puts things into perspective.
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Kori
Focus
It’s so simple to bring yourself back to center but also so easy to forget. Taking a moment to feel my body in the present moment this morning kick started an abundant and prosperous day.
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Cherish
Focusing...
Deliberately focusing on our breath as well as maintaining that focus have many benefits, such as calming our body and mind, becoming present in the Now and opening the door to witness our Being. In addition, focusing on our breath can strengthen our focus in other areas of our lives that can lead us to performing tasks in the ultimate flow state. As I settled in my chair, I began to focus on my breath. At first, I just noticed the air flowing in and out of my nostrils. As time went on, I decided to inhale through my nose and exhale through my mouth. Creating this circular motion of breathing, I noticed my breath getting deeper and more into a rhythm. Simply breathing in this way, I became calm, still and grateful for all of life. It is important to note that our mind will wander as we focus on our breath. It is just what our mind loves to do. When our mind introduces thoughts, we gently bring our focus back to our breath, without judgement. It will take some time and practice to develop and strengthen our focus. However, over time it will become easier to focus, without our mind creating distractions. By focusing simply on our breath, we can strengthen our focus in all areas of our life. Indeed, by focusing, we learn to be mindful in everything we do. By being mindful in everything we do, we are more attentive to our individual tasks at hand. We are even more attentive with the people in our lives. In that way, learning how to focus on our breath is a gateway to a much more satisfying life. Namaste 🙏🏻❤️☮️
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