In this day and age, we live exceptionally busy lives and often find ourselves racing the clock and ending up completely exhausted, only to do it all again tomorrow! In March 2015, I was diagnosed with Graves’ Disease – a condition in which the thyroid gland works overtime. Due to the nature of the condition and the detrimental role of stress, part of my recovery has been taking a good look at where I can add more ‘down-time’ to my daily routine. As a ‘Type A’ personality, this has been extremely hard for me and something I will need to continually work on but this has encouraged me to delve into the importance of something we so often take for granted – breathing.
I recently attended a day course at the Kadampa Meditation Centre Australia (which was a wonderful introduction to meditation and something I would highly recommend to others starting out) and the instructor taught us to visualise inhaling a white light and exhaling black smoke – a technique that I have found quite useful as a visual learner. So next time you are feeling overwhelmed, stressed, anxious or just in need of some personal space, I would highly recommend utilising the above mentioned techniques (belly-breathing, guided meditation or self-guided meditation) and discovering the benefits for yourself.