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March 6, 2017

If you are looking to be mindful in your life, then you have to understand this. Learn this simple mindfulness strategy in your daily life.

Learning to follow the breath is one of the most basic mindfulness exercises, and for good reason: Mindful breathing has the power to reduce stress on a physical level, and can actually retrain the stress response in the nervous system. Practicing mindful breathing allows you to activate your body’s parasympathetic nervous system, which is the branch of your nervous system that “puts the brakes” on the fight-or-flight stress response. The breathing exercises below can be used as part of a daily simple mindfulness strategy practice, or can be used on their own as a way to calm down during times of high stress.

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About the author 

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]