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Those are the hours when a gentle chime sounds on my phone and the reminder pictured above appears on my screen, nudging me to stop what I’m doing and take a few deep, restorative breaths. If it catches me at a good time, I’ll open up my Calm app and do a two minute guided meditation. If I’m in the middle of something, the mere act of turning off the alarm still reminds me to take a second and be present. It might sound silly to set an alarm for breathing, but doing so has made me mindful of how often I’m breathing merely as an automated function of being alive and how rarely I stop to actually inhale (smell the roses if you will) and appreciate the fact that I am alive, healthy and in this moment.
Are you forgetting to breathe?