“The old adage goes, you can’t fix a problem using the thing that caused it in the first place. Never has this truism applied more than it does to negative thinking. If the mind is on a negative thought spiral, then the mind is not the most effective tool to shift that thought pattern: the breath is.”
Negative thinking can range from thinking negatively about ourselves, family members, strangers, the weather, our circumstances, our jobs, co-workers, and what’s going on in our world today. Negative thinking or even negative self-talk can turn into something all consuming and before you know it you’ll find yourself thinking nothing positive or having anything good to say. Once those negative thoughts start to spiral out of control the more difficult it becomes to reverse. The saying “misery loves company” comes to mind. I know for me, this breathing technique is just one of the many things I do to help to get me back on track with a positive thinking mindset. Give it a try the next time you are having a hard time seeing the good in things. ~Lisa Bartels, Administrative Assistant, PRS, WRAP Level 1 Facilitator, A.S.I.S.T
Standing Up, Three Minutes
- Set your practice intention.
- Take three small consecutive breaths through your nose.
- Exhale through the mouth in the same manner.
- Repeat this for two minutes.
- Take a full minute to rest and observe any changes.
- Close your practice.