Breathing Practice for Stress

A breathing technique to soothe stress and work with challenging emotions with Zindel Segal, co-founder of Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction.

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Working with difficult emotions in real time can be challenging. Sometimes these emotions arise in anticipation of a difficult encounter or interaction, and sometimes they are only recognized after the encounter has ended.

The practice of mindfulness allows us to create space around difficult moments, to approach them with a kind curiosity to consider the range of responses available to us in any moment. 

The practice of mindfulness allows us to create space around such moments, to approach them with a kind curiosity to consider the range of responses available to us in any moment. The responsive breathing space practice is intended to help us do just that.

Guided Breathing Practice for Stress    Responsive Breathing Space Practice 7:00 Find a comfortable place to sit. See if you can bring to mind a worry or concern that is present for you, something that is current. It needn’t be overwhelming—in fact, it’s best if it’s closer to a 3 rather than a 10 on your personal stress scale.   Shift your attention to your body. When you feel ready, bring your attention to the sensations of sitting, feeling the sensations in the soles of your feet as they press down into the floor. Feel the…

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