One thing taken for granted is breathing. If you take time to silence the chaos and learn the art of breath, you will be on your way to mastering a healthy lifestyle.
The smallest actions can give the greatest results. And breathing is one of these actions.
However, most of us don’t sit around thinking about how we breath and telling our bodies to do something that happens automatically.
That’s one of the greatest beauties about how our bodies work. It’s these intricate details that give us the opportunity to live out our dreams.
So instead of getting all bent out of shape for what you haven’t done for your body and health, pause and be grateful for your breath and breathe with intention.
The K.I.S.S. ~ Breathe with intention!
I am not one who pretends to have it all together. I make mistakes daily. I sell my health short too. And let me tell you, the pantry is a daily struggle for me.
Yet one thing I have learned over the decades is presence. Being present is SO important. And one way to do this is being in tune with your body.
I think of this as creating harmony. Music has been a love for my entire life. I’ve always had a song in my heart and my mom would say I came out talking and singing. That is one of the greatest gifts they gave me, music.
One area of music that always drew me in was harmony. And that’s how I look at our bodies. We need to find the “harmony” of our bodies in the food, fitness, and function.
And the first step is the most foundational one….Breath!
Believe it or not, we all breathe! And there is an art to breathing.
A week or so back, I found myself going out to pick up some essentials at the grocery store. This was the first outing with my mask. Now understand that I am a woman always on a mission and that morning was no different. I had an early morning meeting and interview. So there was no time to dawdle.
So I made the dash into the store picking up a cart on the way. Nothing like the sunshine to kill any germs. I get in the store and my phone rings. My husband found something at home that needed my attention.
As I stood there listening, I realized I was breathing harder and hotter air. I felt the mask hug my mouth and then release upon my exhale.
For once, I was captivated by my own breath. (Plus this is when I realized I had a lot of hot air, which my husband has documented the day and time as it will go into the history books.)
There is the art of breath and it can be extremely beneficial to the harmony of your body.
So let’s breathe with intention.
- Find a comfortable and calm place.
- Sit tall as if your head is being pulled up by a string.
- Close your eyes and relax your shoulders.
- Loosen the tightness throughout your body.
- Focus on your breath; breathing in and out slowly and controlled.
- As you begin to welcome this calm, your mind might drift off. Bring your focus back to your breath.
- Add a thought of gratitude and praise.
You can do this for a few seconds just to start. It can be a weird feeling at first especially if you’ve never tried it. But as you do it throughout your day, extend the time.
I love doing this when I get frustrated or mad, or even when I’m in a situation that I need to process more calmly than a knee-jerk reaction.
The art of breath will serve your mind and body well. May harmony begin to ignite the wellbeing of your presence.
“Be present. Be incredible. Be YOU!!!“
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