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A Zen Master’s tips for staying sane in challenging times by Thich Nhat Hahn


How do monks structure their day, balancing meditation, work & rest? Here are Thich Nhat Hanh’s key teachings on the art of living each day well. Compiled by Sr True Dedication 1. Guard the morning (and start it gently). Train yourself to begin the day with a few gentle breaths and a smile, *before* even getting out of bed (or checking the phone). Make the vow to live every hour of the day deeply, with compassion. 2. Savor your tea or coffee, slowly and reverently, as if it is the axis on which the earth revolves. Follow your breathing, relax the body, look out the window, listen to your heartbeat (this is nothing less than meditation). Drinking tea – Photo by Sara Wilhelmsson 3. Enjoy every step of breakfast-making. Life is made of small moments. There is nowhere to hurry to, nothing to get done. This is it! Enjoy the presence...
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Stuck in negative thoughts or beliefs, here's an exercise to help.

How to shift negative thoughts and beliefs Do you struggle to get out of negative thoughts about yourself or your situation? Perhaps you are tired of hearing the same old beliefs about yourself? Well here is a breath-based technique that will help you to shift from the shadow into the light of joy. This technique will help you to shift your perceptions and grab a little space between you and your thoughts and beliefs. From that space, you will be able to feel lighter and see more clearly. it’s natural for the mind to focus on negativity, the things that go wrong, as this trait has helped humans survive for so long. It is time for us to re-take control of our mind. So here is the simple breathing exercise to dispel the shadows: Stand upSet your intention to clear negative thoughts and beliefsTake three small connected breaths. Breathe in through...
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What is medicinal breathwork, and how is it different from other types of breathwork? by Simon Cheng

Medicinal breathwork has been the second cornerstone of my health routine for the past 10 years. (My first cornerstone was turning to plant medicine, herbalism, and tea.) I first tried it was when I was 15 years old. I would hang out in the woods reading Herman Hesse and Jack Kerouac and meditate using techniques taught by my Chinese teacher. But it wasn’t until I almost completely destroyed my health that I got serious about it. Funny how many of us find ourselves in that boat.

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Breath Exercise - A Cleansing Breath

This breath will help you to ground yourself as well as help generally improve the movement of chi/energy throughout the whole body. It has a gentle but deep cleansing effect if used regularly.

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Breath Exercise - Buddy Breathing Exercise

Share this with a close friend, maybe even a co-worker.

Friends, can use conscious circular breathing to greatly enhance their relationship.

The following practice is particularly effective for good friends. This breath should last at least 15 minutes but can go on for longer, it depends on you and your buddy!

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Breath Exercises: The 7-breath Series

Simple, Effective, Easy. Want to try it yourself? Breathe. Now. This instant.

Push your stomach out as you take a slow deep breath and feel the energy enter your belly and chest. Pull it up into your shoulders and head. Sigh as you let it go.

Feel better?

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Breath Exercise: Rhythmic Breathing - Sufi Breathing Rhythm

Breathe in through the nose for a slow count of 7. Hold for a count of 1 Breathe out through the nose for a slow count of 7. Pausing for a count of 1 Continue for several minutes.
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