“I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart: I am, I am, I am.” ~ Sylvia Plath
Take a moment right now and Breathe…
“I took a deep breath and listened to the old bray of my heart: I am, I am, I am.”
Right now everything feels chaotic, the stress-factor is off the charts insane, and the entire World seems to be existing in a non-stop pressure-cooker. There is the pandemic, corrupt leaders, needless bloodshed, vile racism, bold hatred, and any number of other problems being constantly thrust into our faces and minds.
We want better, we strive for actual change, we fight for justice and for the right to live with our health and sanity (and actual lives) intact. We desire safety, peace, and prosperity and we long for competency and amicable acceptance.
It’s difficult and down-right draining.
It’s in these times and moments that we must turn to our breath more than ever. We must breathe. We must remind ourselves that we are. That I am and that You are.
The fight for justice and life and equality for each and every single person is worth it. It must be fought and battled for until it is achieved. However, within this we must still live. We must find ways to have our feet on solid, centered ground.
The best way to bring this about is to simply breathe. To turn the focus to the very breath our lungs use, that our bodies need to live, and to breathe with mindful awareness.
Our breath is our gift, our right, and our power. It’s our source of connection to the universe and to our core and our heart.
By mindfully breathing we are able to calm our anxious minds, sooth our aching souls, and center our weary bodies. When you pay attention to your breath, you pay attention to yourself.
One of the worst parts of Covid is that it wants to steal our breath. I have found that by doing breathing exercises I am able to not only calm my fears about it, I am strengthening my lungs and giving them some aid against anything that could compromise them. It may not be much, but it does make me feel a bit proactive. Between breathing exercises, wearing a mask whenever I have to go out, and limiting my exposure to others as much a possible I do feel like I have a small amount of control in an incredibly out-of-control situation.
Breathing has been a constant cornerstone for me even more than usual this year. My meditations have been very breath-centered and whenever my anxiety has spiked (talk about a roller-coaster) I have turned to my breath to ground and realign me with the trust and faith in goodness that lies deep within me.
I figured that even though I have several resources for breathing (always linked at the top of the site), now would be a great time to provide another breathing related exercise.
Calming 5 Minute Breath
- Go somewhere quiet or put on headphones.
- Take a simple breath
- Clink this link ~ Serenity_Meditation *Music by Liquid Mind (Chuck Wild) ©2011 Gold Masque Music (ASCAP).
- As the music plays, just pay attention to your breath as you breathe in and out.
- When the three bells chime at the end breath one last deep breath and feel your face and mind relax.
- Repeat as often as you’d like.
That’s all you have to do to simply turn the focus to your breath. You can even do it if you don’t have any particular music – just step aside and listen to yourself breathe. You may be breathing fast, or slow, or a combo – it’s all okay. How you breath is unique to you and it can and will change. The more you choose to pay attention to it, the more you’ll notice how and when and why it changes. You’ll also be able to control it, to calm and slow it down and provide yourself with soothing inhales and exhales.
We will get through whatever is thrown at us, and not only will we get through, we will prevail and flourish. That can only happen, however, so long as we believe and so long as we stay true to ourselves. By breathing through the difficulties we will find the strength and will to continue to rise up and show up. Just Breathe and know We’ve Got This!!!
Namaste ~ Ella
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