“Peace is the result of retraining your mind to process life as it is, rather than as you think it should be.” -Dr. Wayne Dyer
Peace is a powerful prayer and a worthy intention for our lives. I’ve spent most of my life performing actions that (I’d hoped) might move me towards a more peaceful place eventually.
Now I’m just practicing the goal.
In more and more moments, we can choose the experience of peace, regardless of circumstances. It requires a clear intention or prayer and a willingness to practice. Thankfully, there are so many practices to support greater peacefulness in day to day living. I’d like to share one that has been a tremendous support to me over the last week.
>SQUARE BREATH: 4 counts inhaling, 4 counts resting at the top of the inhalation, 4 counts exhaling, 4 counts resting at the bottom of the exhalation.
This easy pranayama can be done anytime, anywhere you can sit comfortably. In just a few short minutes of practice, you can reclaim your capacity to create peace and reign in those thoughts that aren’t serving you. As you get more familiar with the square breath, you can increase your counts and retentions: 6, 8, 10… all the way up to 30 or more!