Monday, October 24, 2016

I said breathe

Breathe breathe breathe: I say it a lot and I usually mean one of two main things. I suppose there are dozens of ways to go about it, but I mean to shift away from our normal, unconscious, shallow breathing to either to a de-stressing or an empowering breath. Another way to say that is belly breathing and chest breathing.

Buddha sitting in in lotus pose

I've been told by yoga and qigong instructors to breathe from the belly. When I do, it seems to calm me, allowing me to relax. At night, it helps me to fall asleep quickly and stay deeply asleep.

Orange and blue dragons surrounding a yin-yang
From deviantart/~rhahsid, CC BY-SA 3.0

Sometimes, an empowerment breathe is a better choice.  I breathe into the top of my lungs, expanding my chest. Holding briefly, and then slowly letting the air escape my nose. This is the nose-to-the-grindstone, git-'er-done, put-some-shoulder-into-it breathe.
So, the next time you get a reminder to breathe. Breathe into consciousness. Breathe into focus. Breathe into your belly or chest. Mostly, do it with intent!

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