Keeping control of your own breath is empowering. It is one of the first things you learn to do in meditation. Try it. Sit for a minute or two and just concentrate on the air going in and out of your body. Think about how it passes though you nose into your lungs. How low down does it go? Are you a high breather or a low breather. Does it sit in you chest or go right down into your stomach? Can you change it from one to the other. Breathe slowly taking the air in through your nose and out through your mouth. Try not to concentrate on the air in your head or you may start to feel a little light headed. Instead concentrate on the area in your core. Where you focus on will be where your energy starts to centre.

Find yourself either a quiet space or put on some calming music. Breathe in through your nose and out through your mouth taking each breath right down into your stomach. Sit yourself comfortably and concentrate on just your breathing for 10 – 15 minutes. Try to relax and think of nothing else. Empty your mind and just follow that breath in and out of your body. 

How do you feel after the time is over? How did you feel during the time. Was it hard to sit still for that long or did you enjoy it. Make sure you are not worrying about having something to do or the possibility of being discovered/distracted. You need to feel safe and comfortable the whole time during the exercise. Each time you do this is becomes more natural and easier to filter out the rest of the world and just concentrate on your breathing allowing you to finish feeling calm and centred.  

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