Bless You Gentle Reader, how are you today? I trust you are well and in fine spirits…thanks for stopping by…feel free to scan and browse through the various blogs, all designed to inspire and support you maintain balance and calm in your daily life.
I would like to share with you an extract from my daily journal. I tend to keep a notebook and pen by my bedside and when I wake, just write whatever comes to mind.
I went to bed the other night wondering what “the next step” is to grow my business, what area to focus my energies on and how to sustain my energy so that I can step up and grow.
The answer was clear. Breathe. Stay present and breathe. As I sat still, tuned in and meditated, I wrote the following poem
One Breath at a Time
One breath at a time is all you have. One breath, moment to forgive, to let go, surrender and move on. One breath to say “I Love You; I am Sorry, Please Forgive Me, Thank You.”
One breath to decide, shall I eat cake and custard for dessert or satisfy your need for comfort with a glass of water and a bunch of grapes.
One breath to step out into the rain on a cold , dark wintry evening and run that training mile –one breath to start and finish a marathon,
One breath to say I Love You, let’s start again or stand firm and go your separate ways.
It only takes one breath.
One breath to start, commit to a new path, develop a new habit to sit and meditate or whittle away the same time scanning facebook, twittering or a latest forum.
Just one breath, to ease your pain, emotional sadness and grief at your unexpected loss.
One breath at a time. To breathe. Stretch. Give Thanks.
So, that’s was my answer. I can achieve all I desire – one breath at a time. I smiled as I realised the simplicity of the message. So, if you are in a similar position, looking for ways to grow and sustain your energy -try breathing!
One Time Yogi Saying
Known as pranayama, yogic breathing practices form the core of yoga.
There is a saying in yoga that it is not the number of years lived which determines the length of your life, but the number of breaths taken!
Therefore it is essential you breathe correctly to maintain your life span.
Here’s Three Yoga Breathing Exercises You Can Try At Home
The following yoga breathing exercises are amongst the ones my students regularly say give them the maximum benefit in releasing stress and tension. They are simple to do and can be practiced anyway, anytime of the day you wish to feel calm and focused.
One: Watch The Breath
Sit comfortably, close your eyes and become aware of how you are breathing. Don’t change your breathe, just be present and observe the movement of air in and out through your nose.
Allow your breath to find its own natural rhythm and continue to listen and observe your breathe for two minutes.
When you practice this tip, at first you may find it hard to concentrate on your breathe. Don’t worry. Whenever your mind wanders, or you lose concentration, just return to observing your breath.
Two: Diaphragmatic Breathing
You can practice diaphragmatic breathing lying down on your back on a comfortable surface, sitting comfortably in a chair or even standing up. Place one hand gently on your upper chest, the other hand on your belly. Relax your belly and chest. Keep your mouth closed. Breathe in through your nose and feel your belly, rising up expanding, then feel the ribcage rising and finally the upper chest. As you exhale, feel the belly sink down.
Practice five to seven rounds of diaphragmatic breathing then slowly open your eyes, be still for a few moments till you feel ready to gently re-engage with your day.
Three: Lion Roar.
Although not technically a traditional pranayama exercise, the Lion Roar is a firm favourite breathing exercise with my yoga students to release frustration and the build up of anxiety and stress.
Sit or stand comfortably, scrunch your face up, like a dried prune. Open your eyes look upwards; open your mouth, stretch out your tongue and Roarrrrrr like a lion. Repeat until you feel powerful, calm and in control.
So, going back to my journal piece, next time, you feel stressed, overwhelmed and have loads of things to do, just breathe. Choose one of the above three breathing exercises and see what difference it makes to your wellbeing.
As usual, let me know how you get on and what difference it made to your mindset.
Image courtesy of I, Timmy
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