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February 1, 2024

Wherever we go in life, the breath is with us. However, most of the time we aren’t aware of its presence and support. This mindful breathing script is an invitation to come home to the breath - and to explore ease, calm, and spaciousness through breath awareness.

The practice outlined in this mindfulness of breath script can help to anchor our thinking mind, bringing us back to the simplicity and beauty of each breath. Benefits may include reduced stress and increased calm and presence. 

Whether you’re a mindfulness teacher looking to help others or you use mindfulness exclusively in your personal practice, this script can support you. It is a reminder for all of us that in any moment, the breath is right there - guiding, nurturing, and supporting.

  • Practice Time: Approx. 10 minutes
  • Purpose: To discover calm through breath awareness
  • May Help With: Relaxation, Presence, Grounding, Spaciousness
  • Practice Level: Beginner
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Here’s a Sample of the “A Mindful Breathing Script for Spaciousness” Guided Meditation Script:

Read slowly and spaciously. 1-2 breaths after each line or comma, 2-3 breaths of pause between each paragraph.

Welcome. Take a comfortable seat, upright. Eyes open, or a soft gaze, low towards the earth…

Seal your lips and breathe in and out through your nose.

Choose a gentle, easy, and steady breath.

Take your time with each breath in, and spend at least as much time with each breath out.

Find a breath that reflects all the qualities of calm, patience, spaciousness and ease that we’d like to see in the mind.

Intention for this meditation, is the noticing of breath. So we commit, right here right now, to holding the mind’s attention on breath. And we hold not with a tightness or a grasping, but with spaciousness.

mindful breathing script, A Mindful Breathing Script for Spaciousness

As if 25% of awareness is on breath. 25% of awareness on whether or not we’re still watching breath. And the remaining 50% of our efforts, relaxed. Open. We stay with this gentle, easy breath noticing the breath in whatever way it chooses to speak to us. The sound of our breath moving in and out through the nose.

Perhaps there’s a temperature to the breath.

A cool breath in, a warm breath out.

Open to noticing a smell or a taste to the breath.

And or noticing the felt sensation of breath.

How does breath feel as it moves in and out through the nose?

How to Use the Mindful Breathing Script

Noticing the breath is a foundational mindfulness practice, suitable for practitioners of all experience levels. This mindful breathing exercise script can be guided in a number of ways - and it can also help you to deepen your personal practice. 

Consider the following five ways you might use this mindful breathing script:

  • Record yourself reciting this script and play it back to yourself. Deepen your personal mindful breathing practice through your own guidance.
  • Organize and lead a mindfulness retreat. This mindful breathing meditation can be a practice you guide participants through each morning.
  • Host a workshop on the power of the breath. Open the session with this guided meditation.
  • Record yourself reading this script and share it on your website or in your email newsletters.
  • Host a live meditation via your social media channels and guide attendees through this mindful breathing exercise.

Conclusion

Let this meditation be foundational to your personal or professional practice - because we can all use a gentle reminder to breathe with calm and curious presence.

Please note that for some people who have experienced trauma, minding the breath can be dysregulating. Remain open and flexible while guiding others. Always let your students know that they can adapt your guidance in ways that best serve them.

About the author 

Sean Fargo

Sean Fargo is the Founder of Mindfulness Exercises, a former Buddhist monk of 2 years, a trainer for the mindfulness program born at Google, an Integral Coach from New Ventures West, and an international mindfulness teacher trainer. He can be reached at [email protected]