Mindful Meditation Project, Day 17: Alternate Nostril Breathing

Sometimes even the most beautiful meditation spaces aren’t enough to stop a vicious cycle of mental thoughts from running rampant. Dealing with an unexpected situation in my life made my brain grasp for answers in all directions, and before I knew it, my meditation was off and running in a thousand different directions.

Grounding myself into physical space in some way was necessary, so I chose to use alternate nostril breathing. Originally a pranayama technique I learned in yoga class, alternate nostril breath has a number of uses from balancing the physical and mundane to opening and aligning the spiritual. For me, it was a tactile reminder that I was here, in this space, for thirty minutes, and that I needed to worry about the now–not the what ifs.

It worked. If you’ve never tried alternate nostril breath, I encourage you to watch the video for the very simple technique, and let me know how it goes for you. It’s almost immediately calming, which is a lovely thing when the mind refuses to play nicely. Sometimes we need all the help we can get!

Have a blessed day–namaste.