Three Exercises for Focusing the Mind
Drawing by Marek Raczkowski
Breathe In

Three Exercises for Focusing the Mind

Magdalena Róża Skoczewska
time 3 minutes

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  1. Sit down and focus your attention on your breathing. Don’t change it, let it flow naturally.

  2. Turn your attention to how each inhalation and exhalation is present in your body. Allow a few minutes to observe it.

  3. When you feel that you are closer to yourself, look straight ahead and then focus on the objects situated beyond the centre of


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