Here’s a breathing exercise you can use to bring you to creative stillness anywhere, anytime.
Stand, sit or lie comfortably. Place the tip of your tongue on the soft ridge of gum directly inside your mouth. Become aware of your breath.
- Through the mouth, take in a long, deep breath, counting slowly to four in your head: 1-2-3-4.
- Hold the breath for a count of seven:1-2-3-4-5-6-7.
- Slowly release the breath to a count of eight: 1-2-3-4-5-6-7-8.
Keep your attention fully on your breath throughout.
Repeat the cycle four times.
This exercise only takes two minutes and is profoundly stilling. Use it in times of anxiety or stress, when you cannot stop thinking or racing mind, when you know you need to sink deeper while composing, whenever you want to bring yourself to that place of clarity, peace and awareness that DH Lawrence called “achieved stillness”.
From there, we can consciously create anything we truly want.