Recently, I read a book on trauma therapy. It said, among many other useful and intriguing things, that they endorse methods of meditation or therapy that are centered in the body: such as qi gong, yoga, etc.
Now what is the common factor of all those methods?
They get you to take deep slow breaths, they get you to move in a certain smooth way, they get you to focus on your breath, and they get you to synchronize your movements to your breath. (*)
So quite possibly, this simple trick - move to the rhythm of your breath - is therapeutic in and of itself. I can attest that it feels good, regardless of whether you do the prescribed motions of, say, qi gong, or whether you just move about in that way. I wonder, how about doing your daily chores in such a way?
Anyway, it's part of my daily routine now, and it feels great.
I say, hooray for reductionism!
And Happy New Year!
(*) To be fair, I can't remember whether I read that in said book, or whether this is my own huge revelation.