Free Slow Breathing recording
Slow, soothing breathing is a good foundation for compassion practice, and is an excellent, easy-to-learn and portable relaxation technique.
To guide you through the process, I've made a recording you can download for free at
I'd suggest listening to this every day, twice a day for a week and then to try the practice slow breathing on your own with your eyes closed
Once you've built up the skill of practising on your own with your eyes closed, I'd recommend trying it with eyes open, and then at times when you are stressed to calm you down.
In the Compassion-Focussed Therapy model, this type of breathing is one skill that can help get the soothing system on-line. In other words, slow, soothing, calming breathing can help you get more relaxed and help you to think more clearly, compassionately and calmly.