“If you want to conquer the anxiety of life, live in the moment, live in the breath.”
Your day may be getting hectic, you are tired, or distracted, or full of doubt. You are a bit lost, loosing direction.
Take a breath. Turn your attention away from all the worries of your day to your breath, as you breath in and out.
Breathe normally, not more slowly or deeply than usual – the only thing that has changes is you are now paying attention.
As your mind starts to wander, gently return your attention to your breath, noticing your thoughts as they arise, then going back to the breath.
It is a simple thing, the breath: it fills you, then leaves softly, without you noticing most times, without you needing to worry about it.
Your mind wanders, and you come back. You pay attention to the quality of the breath as you feel your chest rise and falls, your shoulders move, your back relaxed.
You notice this moment, and realise that in this moment, everything is okay. This moment is complete, without the worries and distractions.
When you return to your anxieties, fears … they are present, just as all your thoughts are. They are temporary conditions, like rain clouds passing. They are not of any consequence if you just notice them, acknowledge them, let them move on.
You stay with the breath for a moment, and for that moment …There is just the breath, the body, and all that’s around you.
“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”
Thích Nhất Hạnh