Day Four > Breathe

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Breathe

It sounds so obvious, but breathing nourishes the body and mind quickly and easily. 

Even though you've started to delve deep into uncovering where peace is in your body and how your mind masterfully leads you toward that place and away from it, I want you to pause today and see what it's really like when you decide, actively decide, to just breathe your way through the day both literally and figuratively. 

In the literal sense, the power of breathing is the fastest and surest way to focus the mind. In the figurative sense when you inject and expand spaaaaaaaace in your long list of to-dos, jam-packed schedule and seemingly endless commitments you find peace. 

How are you going to do this? Easily.

You just need to make a commitment to yourself that you will stop and take a deep breath. This isn't bullshit, friends. This is a solution. This is a means. This is the gift and the tool that keeps you alive and well, physically, mentally, emotionally and spiritually. 

And guess what? It's not outside of you or beyond your means in any way shape or form. You don't need to invest in breathing. There's nothing to purchase. The power to stop and take a deep breath is always within you. 

I just enjoyed a workshop given by Dick Roberts at Balance Gymnastics & Wellness Center in Honesdale, PA. I want to share the simple instruction on how to properly breathe, here, for you. It's simple: 

  • Stand up straight, or lie down flat with your knees bent. 
  • Place one hand on your chest and the other on your belly at your navel. 
  • Inhale through your nose by using your diaphragm, which is a muscle located between your chest cavity and your belly. As you inhale your belly should expand out or rise up, moving your hand with it. 
  • Exhale through your nose using your diaphragm, lowering your belly. 
  • Practice breathing like this 8-10 times until the movement becomes fluid as you inhale and exhale. 
  • As you breathe, focus your attention on the inside of your nostrils in the area that is closest to the tip of your nose. 
  • Take note of the difference you feel in the temperature of the air as you inhale and exhale. 
  • Do this for 5-10 minutes, 3-4 times daily. 

Take note of how your mind feels after it's focused on only one thing, the temperature of the air as you inhale and exhale. 

Aside from the fact that breathing in this way offers your body a healthy dose of oxygen and a generous release of toxic carbon dioxide, the mental focus you apply stops your mind from darting around your world like a ping-pong ball. It's this singular focus that ushers in a much needed respite from monkey chatter, anxiety and busyness. 

It would be well worth your time to do this breathing exercise and also take note of how your body feels when you are finished. What feels good to you after you took the time to really enjoy deep breathing?

Those are the only questions for today. Be sure to get outside. Enjoy the fresh air. And see everything that nature puts on your path. It's all love.