The Art of Breathing by Dr Danny Penman

“The secret to living mindfully. Just don’t breathe a word of it …”

There are a couple of reasons that tempted me into buying the little book, The Art of Breathing. Firstly, the name appealed and also the author has an excellent reputation within the field of mindfulness. I think too, I fell for the look of it, the gorgeous blue cover and the smaller than average size of it. (In all honesty, I’m a hopelessly visual person). But the content of the book does not disappoint. In fact there is a light hearted joyfulness to it which is sometimes missing in meditation and mindfulness books. In no way does the joyfulness detract from the underlying message of mindfulness or the different techniques outlined.

Without giving anything away, the opening chapter of this book is breathtaking and drew me in at the outset. Other gifts in this book for me were its conciseness and that it can be picked up and put down at any time because of its ease of reading. If you have family or friends who may have expressed an interest in mindfulness, this little book would make a great introduction, and a beautiful gift. I dip into it regularly.

7 Deep Breaths

From the blog of Matt Young at Melbourne Meditation Centre comes this wonderful breathing technique which is easy to do and I just love … it will take you about one minute. It’s a good one to get in the habit of doing a couple of times over the course of a day.

For instructions on how to do 7 deep breaths, just click on the link here.