What is Box Breathing?

What is Box Breathing?

 

Box breathing can be helpful for calming down and getting into a meditative state because it helps slow down your breathing and quiet your mind. By focusing on the counting and visualization involved in the technique, you can redirect your attention away from distracting thoughts or feelings and into the present moment.

Pairing box breathing with a clear quartz crystal (whether it's a tumbled stone or a candle or a jewelry ornament) can be a great way to amplify the calming and grounding effects of the practice. Clear quartz is believed to have purifying and clarifying properties, and is often used in meditation and energy healing practices to enhance focus and clarity. You can hold the crystal in your hand while you practice box breathing, or simply keep it nearby as a reminder of your intention to stay centered and calm.

To begin, find a comfortable seated position with your back straight and your feet flat on the ground. You can hold the clear quartz crystal in your hand or keep it nearby. Close your eyes if it helps you focus, but it's not required.

Next, follow these four steps:

  1. Inhale deeply through your nose for a count of four. As you inhale, imagine that you are drawing a line down one side of a square.
  2. Hold your breath for a count of four. As you hold your breath, imagine that you are drawing a line across the bottom of the square.
  3. Exhale slowly through your mouth for a count of four. As you exhale, imagine that you are drawing a line up the other side of the square.
  4. Hold your breath again for a count of four. As you hold your breath, imagine that you are drawing a line across the top of the square to complete the box.

    Repeat this pattern of inhaling, holding, exhaling, and holding again for several minutes, or until you feel relaxed and centered. You can also adjust the length of the counts to suit your needs - for example, you could try inhaling for a count of six and exhaling for a count of eight if that feels more comfortable.

    To go into a meditative state using this techniques:

    1. As you inhale and exhale, focus your attention on the sensation of the breath moving in and out of your body, and on the calming energy of the clear quartz crystal.
    2. If your mind begins to wander or you feel distracted, gently redirect your attention back to your breath and the clear quartz.
    3. Continue the practice for several minutes, or until you feel calm, centered, and grounded.

    Box breathing can be done anytime, anywhere, and is a great tool to use whenever you're feeling stressed or overwhelmed. Give it a try and see how it can benefit you!

    Remember that the most important thing is to approach box breathing and meditation with an open and non-judgmental attitude. It's okay if your mind wanders or you feel distracted - simply acknowledge the thought or feeling and bring your focus back to your breath and the present moment. With practice, you'll find that the calming effects of box breathing and clear quartz become more accessible and easier to access.

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