Words of Support and Encouragement Week of December 7, 2009


During our Circle of Hope support sessions we will be discussing our Book of the Month, Happiness by Thich Nhat Hanh.  The focus of his work is to help us achieve a deeper sense of peace and mindfulness.  One of the tools he suggests is the practice of Conscious Breathing.
According to Thich Nhat Hanh, conscious breathing “…is the key to uniting body and mind, and bringing the energy of mindfulness into each moment of our life.” (p. 3) Conscious breathing is incredibly important, and can be a wonderful tool for challenging situations, such as blood draw appointments and IUIs/transfers.  The breath is incredibly powerful, but in order to utilize this skill you must practice.  Harnessing the breath can be practiced at any time during the day you just need a few quiet moments.
“In the beginning, you may notice that your breathing may feel labored or awkward.  Your breath is a result of your body and feelings.  If your body has tension or pain, if your feelings are painful, then your breath is affected.  Bring your attention to your breath and breathe mindfully.” (p. 5)  Thich Nhat Hanh has outlined some wonderful breathing exercises and one of the more simple and easy to learn are the following; on the inhale say the first word in the phrase, and the second on the exhale (taken from p. 6):
In, Out.
Deep, Slow.
Calm, Ease.
Smile, Release.
Present Moment, Wonderful Moment.

This week, try to practice this simple exercise to slow the mind, and body.  Also, be sure to check the CNY Fertility and CNY Healing Arts Calendars for upcoming support opportunities (remember to select the proper location!).
CNY Fertility Calendar: http://cnyfertility.com/discussion/calendar.php
CNY Healing Arts Calendar: http://www.cnyhealingarts.com/discussion/calendar.php
Take care,