The Breath of Life

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Focus on your breathing.

FOCUS. 

In.  Out.  Full, deep breaths.

When you become upset, an interesting physical phenomenon occurs.  You hold your breath, tighten your muscles, and begin to shrink into a smaller version of yourself.  Your body is stressed.

Breathe from your diaphragm and while that may seem abstract, think of how a newborn baby breathes.  This is an example of excellent diaphragmatic breathing: upon inhalation, chest and abdomen expand and round naturally.  Upon exhalation, the diaphragm relaxes and the chest contracts. 

Years ago, I remember listening to a book on tape by Gay Hendricks:  Conscious Breathing, and in it he made a comment that has stuck with me through the years.  A baby has easy breathing, properly rounding the stomach upon inhalation – but by the time a child is in 6th grade, that is no longer present.  By the time they are around the age TWELVE, they typically have enough stresses that they no longer breathe properly.  That really blew my mind.

Many of us are truly unable to inhale or exhale fully.  To get to that point, you must first realize what’s standing in the way, to get rid of the tension that is blocking full breaths. 

Full exhalation = empty yourself of stale concepts, thoughts and ways.

Full inhalation = renewal through fresh impressions.

BREATHING = THERAPY

 

               Pay attention to the SPACE between your inhalation and exhalation. 

                                                                                                                         

                                                                                                                      Experience that space.

Referenced from the book The Tao of Natural Breathing by Dennis Lewis.

 Hypopnea is a disorder which refers to overly shallow breathing or an abnormally low respiratory rate. Some symptoms of hypopnea may include depression, forgetfulness, mood or behavior changes, trouble concentrating, loss of energy, nervousness, and morning headaches.  All of these things certainly compromise your quality of life.

I happen to have hypopnea, requiring me to sleep with a CPAP (continuous positive air pressure) machine, so learning to breathe properly is vital for me. 


THE BREATH OF LIFE

In the Holy Bible, the Breath of Life refers to the actual force from God that keeps you alive.  Imagine, this is what keeps you alive, and we allow our unconscious mind to control it!  Being proactive and focusing & working on your breath will actually improve your life.


Below are a couple of simple breathing exercises that you may benefit from:

4 – 7 – 8 Breathing

  • Before beginning, fully exhale.
  • Breathe in through the nose for 4 counts.
  • Hold your breath for 7 counts.
  • Release breath out the mouth for 8 counts.
  • Repeat technique 4X.

This forces your shallow breathing (caused by anxiety or stress) to become a deep breath with full inhalation and exhalation, creating a feeling of calm.

Yogic breathing: 

  • Lay comfortably on your back or sit up in a chair: inhale. 
  • Notice expansion of your collar bones and upper part of your chest.
  • Follow the inhale down by placing a hand on either side of your ribs and feel them expand. 
  • Finally, place your hands gently on your belly/abdomen area and notice the rise and fall.

 These exercises help to diminish crying, and can also help soothe your rage, and ease anxiety.

Your breath is the first thing to respond in your body depending on what you are thinking, feeling, observing, hearing, tasting, touching, sensing or experiencing at the time. Your breath will respond and adjust accordingly.  Your breath is intimately connected to your physical, emotional and spiritual state.

Make a conscious decision to train your body how to breathe correctly.

Proper breath will…

  • Make you feel centered
  • Increase your energy
  • Mental clarity

Are you ready to breathe more easily, with less worries?  Join me on that journey…

When you own your breath, no one can steal your peace. ~Author Unknown

#breathefully  #cognitiveshift

By breathing, find your... 

Inner Peace


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