Early this morning, I was riding my bike through Leiden.

It was that moment when the sun’s not quite up, and the streetlights almost go out. Everybody was rushing to work, school, university.

I slowed down to watch the rushing, the busyness.

I took it all in, breathed deeply, enjoyed watching it, not being part of it, being centered in my own inner peace and quiet.

Time slows down when you slow down.

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But…sometimes that’s easier said than done.

When you’re up against a deadline, have a giant to-do-list, and everybody wants something from you.

These tips help you slow down to find quiet in the middle of busyness:

#1 Deepen your breathing

When your breathing is deep and slow, you are centered and calm.

When your breathing is fast and shallow, you’re not grounded and certainly not relaxed.

It’s one or the other.

The best, fastest and easiest way to calm down is to





Start breathing deeper. Inhale slower. Exhale slower.

Inhale 4 counts. Pause. Exhale 4 counts.

Do this at least 5 times.

Inhale a little deeper, and exhale a little more, every time.

Notice how you feel now.

I had 4 more tips for you.

That I’m not going to share.

Because if you DO this breathing exercise I just gave you, you don’t need anything else.

And I know you.

You were scanning the page to get to the tips to see what they were so you can maybe try one some day.  And you already know this, so let’s move on to the next tip.

Yeah. You may KNOW this.

But are you DOING it?

If you’re busy right now: do this breathing exercise.

If you’re not busy right now: do this breathing exercise.

There’s always a deeper level of inner peace, inner quiet, inner calm.

And with that, comes a deeper level of connection to your inner wisdom, your soul, your own deepest KNOWING of what’s most important for you to focus on now.

So no more tips for you today 🙂

Just breathe.


And? Did you slow down your breathing? Notice any difference?

Know of another good & quick breathing exercise?

Let me know in the comments below; I’d love to hear from you!


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