Do we take our breath for granted? We probably don’t think about it much, unless we have some sort of affliction or need to adjust it for a specific activity, like swimming.
Breath can be one of our greatest allies. What’s the first thing you do when you feel fearful or off-balance? Chances are, you’re drawing your breath in and holding it. The good news is that the only difference between fear and excitement is simply an exhalation of that breath.
We have so many seemingly-immediate demands swirling around us at any given time that it can be overwhelming. Feed the dog, get the kids to school, early morning workout, date night, grocery shopping, rush hour, picking up your best friend’s birthday cake. In the midst of the chaos of what modern, everyday life has become, you might also be going through a breakup, a big disappointment at work or a huge transition in your personal life that has created a lot of unfamiliar emotions of what’s coming next. Life is not always smooth sailing. In fact, you may even feel completely lost in an endless austerity of choppy waters.
Here’s the thing. This too shall pass. Try going back to the basics. Take it one thing at a time. (After all, that’s all you can really do anyway, right?) Go into virabhadrasana I mindful of the present moment and with a heart ready to listen. Start your day off with deep breathing in downward dog or meditation. Close your eyes for a few minutes whenever you start to feel lost; take a moment to connect with your breath. Let the anxiety exhale out, and the excitement of a new day in!
“Sometimes it's the same moments that take your breath away that breathe purpose and love back into your life.” ~ Steve Maraboli, Unapologetically You: Reflections on Life and the Human Experience
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Writer: Christie Cole
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