Friday, February 12, 2010

The Beauty of Breathing

Did you ever stop to think about how amazing it is to breathe? Really, I'm serious. Just stop for a moment and think about it. It's really a miracle... and we take it for granted pretty much all the time.

Take a deep breath right now. Hold it for a second, and then let it out normally.

Take another deep breath, hold it for a couple seconds and let it out very slowly.

Take yet another deep breath, hold it for a couple seconds and let it out forcefully with a deep sigh.

Just becoming aware of our breath and engaging in the process consciously has a very soothing and calming affect.

When we get scared, nervous or upset, our breathing becomes shallow and rapid. We can alter those feelings by slowing down our breathing, and increasing the depth of the breaths we take.

Something so essential to our existence, is a powerful tool at our disposal. We can work with our breathing to alter the feelings we are having, the tension in our muscles, and the general well being of our bodies.

Breathing is a gift. It gives us life. We can also use it to enhance our experience of life.

Practice slow deep breathing several times a day. Select a cue for yourself. Something like the telephone ringing, or waiting at a stoplight. Each time you encounter your cue, take 3 slow, deep breaths.

See how much calmer you feel, and how much more present you become to your precious moments!

Happy breathing!