Your living is determined not so much by what life brings to you as by the attitude you bring to life;

not so much by what happens to you as by the way your looks at what happens.

– Kahlil Gibran

I would like to share with you a technique to connect you to a present moment.

Originally, this technique, known as Combat or Tactical Breathing was used by first responders, the military and athletes to focus, gain control and manage stress. In addition, it appears to help control worry and nervousness.

One of the beauties of this technique is that as we practice it, we learn the power of the pattern of interruption and the power of meditation.

When you are stressed, annoyed, irritated or feeling some discomfort caused by a person or a situation, try this technique.

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If you were following your breath, your attention was not in the past or in the future. Your awareness was in the present moment.

And in the present moment, there is no fear or sadness. There is only now. Stepping back from the stressful situation even for 16 seconds will help you deal with the issue with greater calm and ease.

If you continue with Tactical Breathing for two minutes, most likely you have slowed your breathing to less than 10 breaths per minute, slowed your pulse by 20% and lessened your anxiety.

In my next blog post, I will write more about Biofeedback and Bodymind Meditation.

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