Breathing: The Way Back to Balance
"If you don't like what's happening in your life, change
This brief quotation from the Dalai Lama 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 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.
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!
© 2005 Judy Ringer, Power & Presence Training
Judy Ringer is the author of Unlikely Teachers:
Finding the Hidden Gifts in Daily Conflict, containing
stories and practices on turning life's challenges into life
teachers. Judy is a black belt in aikido and nationally known
presenter, specializing in unique workshops on conflict, communication,
and creating a more positive work environment. She is the
founder of Power & Presence Training, and chief instructor
of Portsmouth Aikido, Portsmouth, NH, USA. To sign up for
more free tips and articles like these, visit www.JudyRinger.com.
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