Stop and take a centering breath


Stop and take a deep breath. Or take a couple of deep breaths.

This will give you the time to change your emotion or mindset. I use breathing as a part of changing my perspective of things.

If you don’t like what’s happening in your life, change your mind.
Dalai Lama

This brief quotation reminds me that my experience of life changes as I do. As I change, I change the way I influence – and am influenced by – my surroundings.

How are you inventing your life today? How does the way you think affect your actions? And how might you become more aware of the process?

A centering breath is a place to start.

When you’re stressed, in conflict, or otherwise under pressure, do you breathe differently? Do you breathe faster, or even hold your breath? Most people do. When you stop the natural flow of air, you become tense and unbalanced, physically and emotionally. Your body, mind and spirit are disconnected.

One of the easiest ways to regain your balance is to start breathing again. Open your throat, relax your body and allow inspiration to take place. Inspiration–a great word, isn’t it? Your breath is your life energy that connects to inner wisdom, resources and strength. This is why some meditation methods have you focus on your breath.

A good way to practice centering is to notice how often you hold your breath. The awareness will trigger you to start breathing again. The more you notice, the less you’ll hold your breath and the more relaxed and centered you’ll be.

Try it.

And let me know what happens!

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