Our breath is a source of power and stability that’s often overlooked or not taken seriously. Sometimes it takes illness, cancer, coronavirus, or a wildfire, to realize how crucial our breath is to our well-being. Sometimes it takes dragging ourselves to a yoga class or locking ourselves in the bathroom away from a stressful situation to finally tap into the power of our breath. Why?
Why are we so distracted that we can’t remember one of the greatest tools ever created… the respiratory system?
Using it wisely calms the nervous system or creates an intentional fire in the body. To me, there’s no greater feeling than taking a deep breath of fresh, clean air and letting it out with a sigh. When I am awoken from a blissful sleep or receive a stress-inducing email from a client, I take a deep breath (or two, or three). What stabilizes me and provides me energy and endurance during a workout? My breath.
It’s here. All the time.
Our respiratory system allows us to smell the newly bloomed spring flowers, the comforting scents of our loved ones, and the deliciousness of a home cooked meal. It allows us to laugh hysterically and to sing with liveliness.
If you feel suffocated during this pandemic, you’re not the only one. This pandemic is literally and figuratively an attack on our breath. So, do what you can to keep it strong and to use it with intention. Take breaks throughout the day to connect with your breath. Connect to your lungs and thank them for the constant work they do. Observe how they support you on a daily basis and explore that further. Meditate, even if it’s just for a few minutes a day.
Your breath is there for you.
Take a deep breath and have a lovely day or night!
PS. Happy 25th birthday to me! What am I doing to celebrate? Meditating, cuddling, and indulging in my favorite foods. Oh… and breathing! 🙂
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