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Day 2: Breathing & Connecting

May 27, 2024

“Community does not necessarily mean living face-to-face with others; rather, it means never losing the awareness that we are connected to each other.”

Parker Palmer

Breathing and Connecting

Today we discuss why coming back to the breath as our most important tool during these dynamic times. We also explore why and how we seek connection?

“Mindfulness is about being fully awake in our lives. It is about perceiving the exquisite vividness of each moment. We also gain immediate access to our own powerful inner resources for insight, transformation, and healing.”

Jon Kabat-Zinn

Today’s Exercise:

  1. Breathing as tool to reconnect mind and body, breathe all day anyway
  2. Breathing techniques help to engage the parasympathetic nervous system, reducing heart rate, soothes. Allows the brains rational and empathetic center to engage. Today, we cover the following techniques:
    1. Qigong breathing with pause
    2. Anxiety calming breathing while sitting
    3. Square breathing
    4. Alternate nostril breathing to calm nervous system