Breath. It’s one of those things that you don’t really notice most of the time, sort of like the heart beat, but it’s pretty incredible that we do it, on average, 20,000 times per day!
Breath is our connection to life; one cannot live more than a few minutes without breathing. Breath also plays a major role in our attitudes, emotions, and health. Have you noticed that when you’re upset or nervous that your breaths are more shallow and faster? On the contrary, when you’re asleep your breaths are slow, deep, and steady.
Did you know that you actually have some control over your emotions and attitude by controlling your breath; if you’re anxious, breathe deeply and slowly. This will quickly calm your nerves. Likewise, if you’re feeling sleepy, speed up your breaths and breathe deeply.
The most important thing to notice about your breath is that it is happening in the present moment. This is a wonderful tool! If your mind is taking you on a rollercoaster ride into the past or the future, simply closing your eyes and watching your breath for a few minutes works miracles to get your mind off the coaster. To learn more about anchoring in the present moment with the breath, check out this blogpost: Watching the Breath–the Ultimate Meditation Anchor.
Today’s blogpost features a wonderful guest post on breath work from the folks at RespiratoryCram.com. The article is an in-depth discussion of breathing as well as exercises, tips, and techniques for using your breath in various ways. Enjoy!
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