Catch Your Breath

April 15, 2018

Are you breathing?

I catch myself holding my breath all throughout the day. You can try to pay attention too! Even in the moments I started typing this note, I caught myself 5 times, NOT breathing. Seriously. Holding my breath.

Our breath is our lifeline and we very rarely tend to it. Opps there I go again - typing and holding my breath. It is crazy how unaware we are.  

Mindfulness is the practice of learning to pay attention. There are so many ways to learn to tune in and pay attention. When we are practicing mindfulness meditation we use our breath as an anchor to rest our attention on.

Let’s play with catching our breath for just 5 minutes today.

  1. Today choose a 5 minute period of time to tune in and set your phone timer.
  2. Go about your business doing whatever it is you need to do.
  3. Notice how many times you catch yourself holding your breath in the 10 minutes.  When you catch yourself, simply notice, then expand your breath and go on with your activity.

That’s it.  It’s that simple. Incorporating a mindfulness practice does not have to be a big deal. You can find simple ways to bring your attention to this moment all throughout your day.

Join me for 10 minutes a day beginning May 7th for 21 days to more mindful moments.

Annmarie Chereso
Founder, BringIt! Home

Here is one thing I know for sure. Practice does not make us perfect.But it certainly helps to smooth out the rough edges. The most important lesson I have learned in my crazy mixed up life is that practice is all there is and I am devoted to it. And I’d like to share it with you.

Let’s face it, life can feel out of control and crazy much of the time. My life is no exception. As a single working mother of three children, I have come to realize that my personal peace and emotional well being are the key for being a good parent, a good friend, a good partner and coach and for leading my happiest, most fulfilling and emotionally satisfying life.  My 22-year practice of yoga, meditation, and mindfulness has taught me how to be present, conscious and aware of how to cultivate this personal well being.

I have been fortunate to study with many of the great wellness leaders of our time. In addition to being a certified Martha Beck life coach, I received my training and certification to teach mindfulness through Mindful Schools and the Mindful Education Institute.  I have had the honor and privilege to study under inspiring leaders in the field of Contemplative Practices such as Jack Kornfield, Susan Kaiser Greenland, Linda Lantieri, Daniel Rechstaffen and many other pioneers in the field of mindfulness and education.  

I have been trained by prestigious mindfulness industry leaders including John Kabat Zinn, Professor of Medicine Emeritus and founding director of the Stress Reduction Clinic and the Center for Mindfulness in Medicine, Health Care, and Society at the University of Massachusetts Medical School.

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