Breathing for Brexit

For those of us struggling with Brexit stress, Thich Nhat Hanh offers a simple breathing exercise. You can try it anytime…anywhere…to feel calmer.

“As you breathe in, you say to yourself, ‘Breathing in, I know that I am breathing in.’ And as you breathe out, say, ‘Breathing out, I know that I am breathing out.’ Just that. You recognize your in-breath as an in-breath and your out-breath as an out-breath.

“You don’t even need to recite the whole sentence; you can use just two words: ‘In’ and ‘Out.’

“This technique can help you keep your mind on your breath. As you practice, your breath will become peaceful and gentle, and your mind and body will also become peaceful and gentle.”

So next time you feel anxious about Brexit, take a moment to breathe….in….and out.

This exercise is quoted from Thich Nhat Hanh Peace Is Every Step (1991)

Published by Dr Esther Walker

Esther is a counsellor and massage therapist based in Edinburgh, Scotland.

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