"You need to meditate" doesn't always get the best response from people. At this point we all know how good meditation is for our health, but many people still think it’s just too woo-woo for them. I get it. As a frustrated meditation beginner, albeit 20-year yoga practitioner, I understand how hard it can be to quiet the mind. Luckily, I have a secret weapon that is a lot more accessible to the masses: three deep breaths.
I have found that taking three deep breaths tends to be very effective: in through the nose, out through the mouth. It calms and refocuses me, and I don't call it anything but what it is: breathing. No client of mine has ever told me that stopping to take three breaths is too woo-woo or that they don't have the time for it, and it’s rare that someone hasn’t found that it shifts their energy, letting in a feeling of calm.
There is something quite mindful about focused breathing. It’s short, simple, and perhaps an invitation to something more. I might even suggest that it become an experiment, which could turn into a practice—or not. In order to grow and succeed, we must take the opportunity to find out what works for us in both focused energy and mindset.