On the heels of a trip to Duke Integrative Medicine where I mentored a group of new health coaches, I wanted to share a small piece of the beauty and calmness I experienced while there. The hustle and bustle of daily life (kids, business, cooking, cleaning, friends and family) can get the best of me without some mindfulness in place.
When that happens, and I feel the stress creeping into my physical and emotional body, I remember I can anchor into the present moment with my breath and my senses. Stress doesn't have to carry me away into to-do lists, worries of the future and feelings of anxiousness. I can access the calm within by simply pausing and breathing. This is not some super power of mine. You can learn to do it too.
This video, taken of a waterfall at Duke Gardens, is three minutes long. Just three. Take the time you’re watching it to stop and just breathe, and be mindful of the sensation of your breath in your body + the sight and sound of the waterfall.
If you'd benefit from in-real-life, person-to-person support in your mindfulness journey, whether you're brand new to the practice or just wanting to make more space for it in your life, I invite you to sign up for Demystifying Meditation starting in November, or a private Breath Work session at your convenience. I lead both of these offerings and would love to help you access your inner calm in this way.
It's my sincere hope that you will, with practice, be reminded that your breath is always available to you, an anchor into present moment, that can give you respite from worries and busyness, stress and all that it beyond your control.
All the best,
|Jessica Hill Powell, NBC-HWC, RYT-200|
Founder + Health Coach at Meridian Integrative Wellness