breathe happy ritual mindfulness meditation

 

How does this ritual help?

Your emotions are influenced by what you think, consciously and subconsciously.   With regular practice, actively thinking about feeling happy can actually make you feel happier. It’s as simple and as powerful that. 

This ritual is a good habit to get into whenever you experience a moment of happiness or delight. 
To begin with, practise when you have a quiet moment, in time you’ll be able to play with this ritual anytime and anywhere in the moment without changing your stride. 

I recommend using our Daisy pendant for this practice.  Reminiscent of lazy summer days, cheerful daisies always bring a smile making this sweet little charm a constant reminder to enjoy happy times to the full.  Each time you wear the pendant is a reminder to focus on happy days. 

 

 

Find your quiet place,  sit comfortably.  Hold Daisy in the palm of your hand.  Close your eyes.   Take six long, slow and relaxed deep breaths (roughly 20 secs per in/out cycle) whilst bringing your attention to the feel of the charm in your hand.  Feeling its shape between your fingers, visualise clear blue skies and imagine that warm cheerful feeling that the sunshine always brings. Focus on this for a couple of minutes, remaining aware of the feel of the charm in your hand, whilst enjoying the sensation of a sunny summer day.  You could imagine a lawn filled with daisies too just to make the connection really strong.

Still breathing deeply and slowly, think about a moment in your day that made you feel good, perhaps a success at work, a child who made you laugh or flowers in full boom that caught your attention.  
Recreate the moment in your imagination paying attention to every detail - sights, sounds, smells, feelings - until you experience the good feelings of happiness that you felt at the time. 
Each time you take a deep breath imagine the happiness flooding through your body with your breath, picture it flowing from your lungs right through to your fingertips and toe-tips.

 

 

Hold the happy image in your imagination and continue breathing deeply and slowly for around three minutes (or longer if you’d like), on each breath absorbing the happy feelings and re-experiencing the pleasure of the moment.  Enjoy.  Bring your attention back to the charm and how it feels in your fingers.  Think about the importance of happiness and the symbolism of the Daisy for a moment, acknowledging that the charm can be an everyday reminder of happy moments. 

Still breathing deeply and slowly, think about a moment in your day that made you feel good, perhaps a success at work, a child who made you laugh or flowers in full boom that caught your attention.  
Recreate the moment in your imagination paying attention to every detail - sights, sounds, smells, feelings - until you experience the good feelings of happiness that you felt at the time. 
Each time you take a deep breath imagine the happiness flooding through your body with your breath, picture it flowing from your lungs right through to your fingertips and toe-tips.

 

mosami breathe happy ritual. Mindfulness meditation. Power of positive

 

Once you have mastered the process of ‘breathing happy’ you can use this little ritual at any time to capture the delight of a lovely moment.

There’s no need to take more than a few deep breaths as long as your imagination is working hard to draw the feelings of happiness into your body.  No need to close your eyes either so you can do this any time.  Just catch hold of Daisy and quietly focus on breathing happy.  You’ll know intuitively when to stop and if it’s impractical to linger don’t worry. 
The important part is to notice the happy things and luxuriate in them for a few moments rather than dashing off to the next thing, teach yourself to slow down and appreciate for a moment.  The more you practice, the happier you will feel.

 

YOUR MIND TAKES ITS SHAPE GRADUALLY FROM WHAT YOU ROUTINELY REST YOUR MIND UPON. Dr Rick Hanson


And very importantly, use Daisy when you are feeling stressed or down.  Holding the charm in your fingers, think about what it represents for you and it will act as a trigger to help access those happy thoughts again.  Remember that you can switch into the happy feelings by using your imagination. This isn’t always easy when you are feeling low and sometimes unhappy brains stubbornly resist happy thoughts, but with practise and effort this ritual can help to change your mood a little at a time, don’t give up, it really does work, I speak from experience.

Don’t worry if you are too busy during the day to stop for a moment to breathe happy –  simply recreate the situation in your imagination later when you can find a few moments of quiet.   Amazingly this is just as effective because your brain doesn't differentiate between imagined happiness and real happiness, it still releases the 'happy hormones' known as endorphines.  
For this ritual, little and often works best so mixing it into your day will mean more opportunities for practice.