Inhale. Exhale. Inhale. Exhale.
Taking five deep breaths is the easiest way to change your mood.
While breathing is a necessary function and an instinctive action, I constantly find myself holding my breath. I literally have moments when I have to remind myself to breathe because I am so caught up in my thoughts. I get lost in the rabbit hole of one thing to the next, and so on and so forth.
My normal breathing tends to be shallow and half-full. I would wager that my breathing technique is the result of three broken noses, thus a deviated septum, and years of swimming, which required holding one’s breath. I know that my breathing is something I have to work on, as it conditions the rest of my body for a specific state.
There is a reason why all exercises put such emphasis on breathing. Why activities like yoga require you to find your breath, and why smokers calm down with every exhale they acquire.
Breathing feels good.
By full engaging your inhales and exhales, you allow yourself to feel a wave of calm, a better understanding of the world around you, and a unique peace. It is the easiest way to truly feel, be present, have a moment of gratitude.
Big belly, full chest and light as a feather.
During my years in acting class, my teachers would constantly say breathe into the moment, and at the time I do not think I fully understood what they meant, but as I have moved into different chapters of my life, focused breathing has become an important element of my being.
I have had many moments when I have understood the power of breathing, but I was reminded of its grandeur walking home on a beautiful Labor Day evening. Feeling entirely present and gliding home on the streets of New York City with a glorious summer breeze blowing and a night glow surrounding myself, I allowed the universe to have its way with me. I gave in. I breathed in all my blessings.
I breathed in the good, I exhaled the bad. I breathed in the beauty, exhaled the ugly. I breathed in my wants, desires and dreams, I exhaled my doubts, fears and objections. I looked up, saw the sky and smiled.
I gifted myself with a moment of 100 percent presence. I drank in the blessed euphoric feeling I was presented with. I lived my dreams. I was completely heart happy.
Remembering that your life is just as magical is what will take you to whatever next step you are trying to get to. Breathe in the life you want, breathe in the love you have, breathe it all in.
You will see that as you breathe, all your troubles tend to melt away and solutions present themselves.
Inhale through your nose. Exhale through your mouth. And let the white light that makes you uniquely you glow for all to see.
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