Walking in the snow on snowshoes is one of the most enjoyable and relaxing things I've done. It's hard to explain to someone how something so simple can be so rewarding until they've tried snowshoeing themselves. Each time I put on my snowshoes and walk in an enchanted woods that's draped with a fresh mantle of snow, I still feel the magic.
1. Two or three times every day when you are not fully occupied, slow down and bring your attention to your breathing.
2. Notice your breath flows in and out without your having to do anything. Put your attention to your stomach, and as you inhale, allow the air to gently push your belly out. As you exhale, consciously relax your belly so it feels soft.
3. Continue breathing this way for about three to five slow, deep breaths.
4. Then for the next five to eight inhalations, say the words “thank-you” silently to remind yourself of the gift of your breath and how lucky you are to be alive. Often people have a stronger response if they imagine their experience of gratitude centered in their hearts.
5. After those five to eight breaths of thanks, return to the soft belly breathing for another one to two breaths.