Somewhere, I read about the value of taking 30 conscious breaths. I tried it and since I don’t regularly meditate, this was no small task; thoughts kept thinking themselves. I decided when that occurred, I would simply start all over again. Well, I could be here into next week still trying to take 30 conscious breaths! Then I laughed at myself – who made up that rule – the conscious breathing brigade?!
It’s amazing actually how much thinking is going on in my head. In another modality I study, 9 star ki astrology, my principal element is a 4 or yin wood. We are known as the “over-thinkers”. However, Albert Einstein was a 4, so there you go, there’s value to that “over-thinking”. Yes, indeed!
I think a lot, it’s true, my mind darts in all sorts of places. In fact, my husband often asks me – what are you talking about now? I’ll start a conversation midstream of the one that’s already been going on in my head.
My point is, and I do have one – even big thinkers can take 30 conscious breaths. Here’s how you do it:
As the abdomen rises and falls with each breath that you are counting, any thinking that begins to come up, just label it “thinking”. Keep breathing and counting each breath. There may be lots of thoughts to label “thinking”, you may lose count, guess the count then and just keep breathing. After a bit, it’s like riding wave after undulating wave.
It is a beautifully relaxing, balancing and grounding process that could be done anywhere.
And now that I “think” of it, any thought that engages suffering on any level, can simply be labeled “thinking” followed by a few conscious breaths anywhere, anytime. No need to identify it any further than simply to call it “thinking”.
A) There’s no judgement in the label “thinking”
B) There’s no story in it either
C) It’s a great little insta-pivot
D) Happy Conscious Breathing Y’all
Love, Bethie (the thinker) and breather!