Breathing for Brexit

For those of us struggling with Brexit stress, Thich Nhat Hanh offers a simple breathing exercise. You can try it anytime…anywhere…to feel calmer.

“As you breathe in, you say to yourself, ‘Breathing in, I know that I am breathing in.’ And as you breathe out, say, ‘Breathing out, I know that I am breathing out.’ Just that. You recognize your in-breath as an in-breath and your out-breath as an out-breath.

“You don’t even need to recite the whole sentence; you can use just two words: ‘In’ and ‘Out.’

“This technique can help you keep your mind on your breath. As you practice, your breath will become peaceful and gentle, and your mind and body will also become peaceful and gentle.”

So next time you feel anxious about Brexit, take a moment to breathe….in….and out.

This exercise is quoted from Thich Nhat Hanh Peace Is Every Step (1991)

Published by Dr Esther Walker

Esther runs a social enterprise called Storyworlds Life and has a private practice as a Gestalt therapist.

Leave a comment

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

%d bloggers like this: