Wednesday, February 11, 2009

The Simple Act of Breathing

It's really very simple. In any stressful or difficult situation, you always have available to you a easy and effective tool to move you through the experience.

All you need to do is take a long, slow, deep breath. It is an amazing technique for releasing tension, stress and emotion.

I am constantly amazed at how simple this is, and yet, how well it works to shift any experience into a more peaceful one.

Taking a deep breath is easy to do, and yet we often forget to do it. When we experience stress or tension, our breathing gets shallow. Consciously choosing to breathe deeply reverses our course. We can release all that needs to be released, and free ourselves from tense and pressured states of being.

Becoming more aware of your breath is a great way to start utilizing it as a tool to emotional and physical release and freedom. Try this experiment: pick something that routinely occurs in your life to serve as a cue. It might be a phone ringing, or stopping at a red light. Select something that happens regularly during the course of your day. Every time it happens, take a slow, long, deep breath. Take it in slowly and let it out slowly. Give this a try! You will be amazed at the impact it has on your sense of well being.

Soon, you will realize the power of taking a deep breath, and you'll be able to do so in difficult and challenging moments in your life.

See what happens when you bring breathing front and center in your daily life! It is simple... yet profound!

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