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Sunday, 9 October 2016

Three Step Breathing Space


 Three Step Breathing Space - the basic instructions

   1.       Awareness
Bring yourself into the present moment by deliberately adopting an erect and dignified posture.  If possible, close your eyes. Then ask:

“What is my experience right now?... in thoughts… in feelings… and in bodily sensations”

Acknowledge and register your experience, even if it is unwanted.

2.    Gathering
Then gently redirect full attention to breathing, to each in-breath and to each out-breath as they follow one after another.

Your breath can function as an anchor to bring you into the present and to help you tune into a state of awareness and stillness.

3.    Expanding
Expand the field of your awareness around your breathing so that it includes a sense of the body as a whole, your posture and facial expression.

The breathing space provides a way to step out of Automatic Pilot mode and reconnect with the present moment.  The key skills in using Mindfulness-based Cognitive Therapy is to maintain awareness in the moment.  Nothing else.

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