The Importance of Breath
At the core of life is breath. Laughing and sighing are the body’s natural ways of getting us to breathe deeply. That's why we often feel calmer or rejuvenated after these experiences. Anxiety and stress can make us take short, shallow breaths. Shallow breathing, which does not allow enough oxygen to enter our bodies, can make us even more anxious. This exercise will guide you through a simple breathing meditation.
Guided Imagery: Light and Spirit
This stress-reducing exercise combines deep breathing and meditation. Once you are relaxed, you can create a “wakeful dream” in which, for example, you envision pain being washed away or your body becoming stronger.