How To Calm Your Mind - Pascale Gibon Blog

Celebrating the 150th Episode of The Everyday Life Balance Show.

Listen now to the 150th episode with a guided meditation on How To Calm Your Mind.

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Full transcript:

Calmness of mind is essential if you want to see things clearly, solve a problem and find peace.

You don't have to be secluded in a mountain to experience calmness of mind. It is something you can do at any time and anywhere.

You will discover in this blog article a simple way to attain calmness of mind.

One of my mentors says: “We don’t need to slow down we need to calm down.” This is a feeling you may have right now since the lockdown back in March and I would like to share one practical way to calm down.

Practising calmness of mind keeps the body mind and spirit in balance. This means that if you get angry, stressed out, frustrated and you tend to worry this will affect your whole being.

The most powerful way to attain calmness of mind is through meditation. However, meditation takes practice.

A simpler way is to work with the breath of life. When the mind is not calm and overloaded with data breathing tends to be shallow. To deepen the breath of life I encourage you to find calmness of mind by taking time to consciously work with the breath. It is well worth it!

This is a very simple exercise we can do now:

Dr Ali says: “The art of breathing or ‘pranayama’ (Prana means life force or energy while Yama means ‘regulation of’) is an integral part of yoga practice. By being mindful of the breath of life, you can increase your stamina, boost your general well-being and improve your energy levels, alertness, and clarity of mind. Breathing is, therefore, one of the most effective and economical ways of treating ill health.”

Before we start there are few conditions you must be aware of:

  1. You intend to calm your mind by detaching yourself from anything that has been occupying your mind and any thought that comes.
  2. You intend to focus on the breath as much as possible
  3. You intend to relax as much as possible.
  4. You breathe in through your nose and breathe out through your mouth (or your nose is you are a yoga practitioner)

Setting these intentions is very important before we start because now you know what you need to do.

Let’s start!

Guided meditation

Make sure you are sitting comfortably. Relax your shoulders, release any tension you feel in your body and close your eyes lightly. Rest your palms up on your laps.

Connect with your breath by taking a deep breath in and out three times.

I am now going to guide you through this breathing exercise. You are now going to count each breath in and out starting from 1 to 10 at the beginning of each round. Remember that your sole focus is the breath.

  1. Take a deep breath in through the nose and breathe out slowly through the mouth by sending the breath out to the belly.
  2. Take a deep breath in through the nose and breathe out slowly through the mouth by sending the breath out to the belly.
  3. Take a deep breath in through the nose and breathe out slowly through the mouth by sending the breath out to the belly.
  4. Take a deep breath in through the nose and breathe out slowly through the mouth
  5. Take a deep breath in through the nose and breathe out slowly through the mouth
  6. Take a deep breath in through the nose and breathe out slowly through the mouth
  7. Take a deep breath in through the nose and breathe out slowly through the mouth
  8. Take a deep breath in through the nose and breathe out slowly through the mouth
  9. Take a deep breath in through the nose and breathe out slowly through the mouth
  10. Take a deep breath in through the nose and breathe out slowly through the mouth

Take a moment to enjoy the calmness you feel as a whole. And whenever you are ready open your eyes if they were closed.