Did you breathe today? No, I mean really take a conscious inhalation and exhalalation? Was it an exhalation of peace and joy, or was it one of of indignation or irritation?
Stop reading for a moment and inhale to a count of five, hold for a count of five, and exhale to a slow count of five. Do it again if you want!
Did it feel good? Did you feel inspired? What you just did is inhale slowly and consciously, but you also performed an act of ‘inspiration’.
Physical inspiration is a simple inhalation. The physical act can influence and inform the mental act of inspiration.
When was the last time you held your breath for any reason?
Do you remember doing it?
Do you remember how it felt?
Did time stop?
Did you feel uneasy?
Was it a moment of suspense?
The next time you find yourself holding your breath – ask yourself why this might happen at this moment. Then release that breath and take a naturally deep breath. I use the word ‘naturally’ as it is possible to over-inhale and create more tension instead of releasing. Go ahead, over-inhale – fill your lungs – feel your shoulders tense up and your back get tight.
Now exhale and slowly inhale about 70% of what you just over-inhaled. Focus on breathing low into your belly. Do this a few times and see how you feel.
As your breath slows and your mind slows down, try and be open to what inspires you and makes you happy. You will find that both with and within your breath.
We all need reminders to just stop and breathe. What are you waiting for?
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