Good morning ♡
For today’s Wellness Wednesday post, I thought I’d follow up on last week’s post about remembering to breathe. What’s the number one thing we do when we feel anxious, nervous or scared? We hold our breath! Sometimes consciously or unconsciously, we hold our breathe. We somehow instinctively feel that by holding our breath we are somehow stalling the process of the experience we are having. Little do we realize that in the physical & spiritual aspects, we are withholding our life source from our beings.
Sitting in a meditation last week, stressful & anxiety-provoking thoughts entered my mind. My once slow & deep meditative breathing became fast & shallow. When this happened (& it happened quite a few times in this meditiation) that I heard Spirit say, “Hey, take a deep breath & calm down; let that thought go.” When I listened & did what was needed, my breathing began to slow down & I took in more air. How many times do we do this? Hold our breathe in anxiety, hyperventilate, etc? In further retrospect, I see that this has been a habit of mine since childhood, holding my breath when I’m anxious or nervous, sometimes just to see how long I could hold it, sometimes to keep my tummy from looking round so I’d breathe shallow. Overall, I realize how this habit has stolen some life from me but all is not lost. There is plenty of life-giving air to be had. So fear not & take those deep, belly-rise & fall breaths. We have nothing to lose but everything to gain: the essence of existing as our trues elves, fully & deeply. Love yourself & be yourself. Peace & Love ♡☆
“Breath is the bridge which connects life to consciousness, which unites your body to your thoughts. Whenever your mind becomes scattered, use your breath as the means to take hold of your mind again.”-Thich Nhat Hanh