“Feelings come and go like clouds in a windy sky. Conscious breathing is my anchor.”
- Thich Nhat Hanh
What is Remember to breathe?
“Remember to breathe” is an online resource that helps you to understand that the ultimate source of unhappiness is not anything in the outside world - it’s the imbalances in your own brain. And this is good news, because there are very simple techniques you can use to train your brain and correct those imbalances. The site provides written, audio and video instructions for those techniques. Whether you set aside time for formal practice of the techniques, or use them during brief pauses throughout the day, they’ll train your brain and help you stay connected to the innermost center of calm, peace and joy.
What is the focus of the website?
Videos are really the heart of the website. It’s very useful to read through the pages of the site to understand how your brain works and how you can train it to change your life - but without an actual practice, that knowledge alone is not likely to be powerful enough to do the job. The music, images, and guided instructions are all designed to help you focus your mind, open your heart, and anchor your attention at the calm center of your awareness. If you use them as a break once or several times during the course of your day, you will be strengthening the parts of your brain that help you to stay calm and focused, to be more effective at what you do, and to be more resilient in the face of challenging circumstances.
Basic Instructions for Using the Breathing Videos.
* Be in a comfortable, relaxed position, and let your breathing be smooth and gentle.
* Listen through headphones or earbuds.
* Watch in full screen.
* If you're using a laptop, you'll be more relaxed if the screen is at eye level.
* Use "ocean breathing" which you can learn from the audio track on the homepage. *When the video is over, sit quietly for a moment with your eyes closed, breathing naturally, and notice any effects on your body, mind, and emotions.
The Most Important Page.
People often use techniques of the kind we have on this site with the idea of improving their own individual well-being. There’s now a great deal of research showing that for the vast majority of people, one of the single most powerful factors that determines whether or not they will succeed in their efforts at personal change, is social support – a sense of connection, caring, and shared intention with other people. That’s why The Most Important Page is the one that strongly suggests you seek out and offer support to others wishing to make changes similar to those you wish to make. When you do that, caring and connection become an integral part of using the techniques, greatly increasing your chances of actually making and sustaining the changes you seek.