A Mindfulness Exercise

The next hundred times you’re alone, try this.

Touch a thumb to the index finger of the same hand, and breathe in. (You can do this with one hand or both. Either way is fine.)

hand rosary1

Then touch thumb to middle finger, and breathe out.

hand rosary2

Repeat a lot.

Now, if you want something harder, do an in-breath AND an out-breath on the index finger, and then move to the middle finger for the next in-out combo.

And if you really want to get exotic, you can work your other fingers into the act.

hand rosary3


  • Rasputin Posted January 29, 2009 7:23 pm

    Kitty says “Fuck this breathing shit, I has a TOY!”

  • Vedast Posted January 30, 2009 11:41 am


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  • Alan Bostick Posted January 31, 2009 4:04 pm

    You are better than I am at making cat silhouettes with your hand while you breathe.

  • Jim Rankin Posted February 13, 2009 9:12 am

    Very nice tweak to standard breathing exercises, and I think I see a potential value add – the opponents at the table may lose their focus trying to figure out what you are up to :-).

  • Mauro Motl Posted April 23, 2010 11:29 am

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