Breathing Meditation for Stress Reduction

beachI want to share with you one of my favorite breathing meditations. When I am feeling stressed or overwhelmed by the busyness of my day, I like to stop and take a “breath break.”

I recommend that you take time each day to relax for a few minutes and do this breathing exercise if you are feeling stressed. It will help restore a sense of peace and calm to your life, reduce tiredness and fatigue and create more energy and vitality in every cell of your body. Love, Dr. Susan

– Inhale deeply. As you breathe in, allow your stomach to relax so that the air flows into your abdomen. Let your stomach expand as you breathe in. Visualize the lowest parts of your lungs filling up with air.

– Imagine that the air you are breathing in is filled with peace and calm. A sensation of peacefulness and calm is filling every cell of your body. Your whole body feels warm and relaxed as you breathe in this air. Now, exhale deeply. As you breathe out, imagine the air being pushed out from the bottom of your lungs to the top.

– Repeat this sequence until your entire body feels relaxed and energized. Enjoy the wonderful feeling of deep, slow breathing.

About the Author

Best selling author and national speaker Dr. Susan has sold over 2 million books on health & wellness. She has appeared on numerous national and regional radio and television shows and has been featured in hundreds of newspaper and magazine articles. She has Served on the clinical faculty of Stanford University School of Medicine and taught in their Division of Family and Community Medicine. Dr. Richards became an ordained Christian minister in 2009 and, within a year, she began doing hospital ministry in the ICU's, critical care and rehabilitation units in the San Francisco area community three times a week. Her ministry is based on the supernatural healing power of God and Jesus Christ and she has seen many miraculous healings of seriously ill patients. The ministry receives over 20,000 prayer requests for healing each week which are answered by their faithful and devoted prayer team. She is currently developing the first Medical and Health Ministry Training Program of Supernatural Healing in the United States. Her medical ministry is at

  • Sherry says:

    I’m looking forward to reading and learning new ways to relieve stress!! Thank u Dr Susan

  • Julie Schultz says:

    I have 20% of my breathing capacity and I wish I knew this years ago when I was working 100 hrs. a week.

  • Lynda Jose says:

    Thank you, Dr.Susan,I’ve been trying to incorporate this into my daily life,as I deal with anxiety issues,and don’t want to take meds. I would like to meditate,also. Could you please help with a Christian mantra to help center myself? Thank you for your encouraging words and beautiful pics:)

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