One Conscious Breath
Sweep away negative and self-defeating thoughts with a conscious out-breath. Welcome happiness back into your heart and mind with a conscious in-breath. It only takes a moment. One transforming moment.
~Yogacharya Ellen Grace O'Brian
During our time of sitting meditation an easy technique that is used to quiet the mind is breath observation. Just observe the quality of the breath as you breathe in and as you breath out. Notice the change in quality of inhalation and exhalation. Notice the quiet pause between the in-breath and the out-breath. Use breath observation as your point of focus until your mind is calm and quiet and then let go of the technique. Take it up again when you notice you are distracted. Using this technique we become aware of how the breath is a powerful tool to help us in calming the thoughts and clarifying the mind. We always have this tool with us. When we are going about our daily life, when we notice moments when we become anxious or angry, before reacting, we can take just one conscious breath. We can touch that place of happiness within us. This is how we learn to control our thoughts, rather than have them control us. We can be transformed in just one moment.