Breathe Consciously–Help Yourself
Seems strange, doesn’t it? Are you wondering how one deep breath can help yourself? The answer lies not in the biological functioning of the breath, but in its ability to focus attention, to bring mind and body into sync and release the present from concerns over the past or future. And when this happens time and space is created for deepening self-knowledge and awareness, which in turn leads to more purposeful, inspired and engaged living.
There. That’s it … THE key to unlocking the door to your own growth and evolvement, to managing and actually reducing the stress in your life, and to setting in motion a resounding but small ripple in the betterment of the world.
Wherever you are right now, stop everything (this is important). Take just a moment and sit back in your seat. Now, put your hands on your abdomen with you fingertips barely touching. On your next inhale separate your fingertips by breathing deeply and slowly into your belly, allowing your breath to push them apart. Exhale slowly so that your fingertips come back together. Try it again when you’ve finished.
How To Help Yourself, Reduce Stress, and Help Others, too.
It won’t stop there. When you become intentional in the practice of being mindful a deeper process will be triggered. The ability to focus on your own inner experience and to become fully present will begin to flow into every aspect of your life … into your words, and actions and thoughts … into your relationships and work and personal endeavors. You will realize and wake that you are, maybe for the first time, actually experiencing the moments of your existence.
Sitting quietly for five, ten, twenty minutes a day, following your breath, is a good way to begin creating a personal practice of what is called “mindfulness.” In today’s speed-of-light world, it’s common to feel scattered … for the mind to be thinking about one thing, while the heart reaches toward another and the body hangs out in the space-time continuum. Mindfulness is about bringing all these aspects of the self together. It’s about becoming fully and deeply present, aware of each passing moment. And the simplest, easiest and best place to begin is the breath.
How does that transfer to saving the world?
Take another moment, another breath. This time, breathe like you mean it. It is the key to your own growth, and just may be the key to the healing of the world.
To truly make progress in your own growth and development … to make the deepest impact possible on the state of the planet, begin with your self. Learn the art of mindfulness. Devote 2 … 5 … 10 … 30 minutes a day to practicing presence. Take time each day to show up fully. Get to know yourself. Create your own personal practice. It can include anything that stills the mind, quiets the heart, calms the spirit, inspires the soul … breathing, meditation, walking, prayer, dance, art, journaling … the purpose is to take time to be in this world of doing, to bring peace to your self so that when you venture into the world you carry it with you like a lantern you pass on to others. Here is an example: