Your Success Thought on "Breathing"
October 19, 2005
I’ve talked to few people who have actually ‘breathed’ this week. Of course we take air in and release it, but that’s about it. Ever wonder what you miss by not ‘taking that deep breath’ that people often suggest? One of my clients recently asked if panting counted as breathing? It seems to be the way of the world these days.
According to the Optimal Breathing website, “clinical studies prove that oxygen, wellness, and life-span are totally dependent on proper breathing. Improper breathing either worsens or causes every illness known to mankind.” Your shallow breathing may actually be making you sick.
When someone suggests that you ‘take a deep breath,’ they remind you of an essential element of survival. During times of stress, panic, insecurity or anxiety we require more oxygen flow to our brain, yet we often fall into the ‘fight or flight’ syndrome.
In this ‘fight or flight’ mode, our breath becomes shallow, our brain is robbed of oxygen and blood which are instead drawn to our extremities—hands and fingers for fight or feet for flight. Without proper flow of nutrients to our brain we are less equipped to handle challenges in any form.
My goal with my clients is to keep them at the top of their game, ahead of the pack, at their optimal level of success and fulfillment. Proper 'belly' breathing provides clarity and perspective needed to accomplish this goal.
The following exercise from Free Your Breath, Free Your Life (author Dennis Lewis) will shed a new light on how easy proper breathing can be for you:
“One of the simplest, safest, and most powerful breathing practices you can undertake is to consciously follow your breathing in the many circumstances of your life. As you inhale, simply be aware that you are inhaling. As you exhale, simply be aware that you are exhaling.
“Try this practice for 10 minutes at a time at least three times a day. It will help free you from your automatic thoughts and emotional reactions and thus enable you to wake up in your daily life more often, to live with more receptivity and clarity in the present moment.
“You may find this practice especially useful at moments when you are anxious or angry. With roots in Buddhism and the other great spiritual traditions, this practice will have a powerful influence on your respiration and in the many conditions of your daily lives.”
This week I challenge you to breathe! Feel your belly collapse as you’ve not felt it before. Take in as much air as possible, hold it for a few seconds and then take in more, hold it for another second and then let it out slowly. Try this again for a count of ten.
Feel the bounty of air expanding through your ribcage and body. Notice how it relaxes you. What perspectives have shifted in your world in a matter of a few seconds?
Enjoy your breathing discoveries and have an outstanding week!
Ann Golden Eglé, PCC, CPCC
Executive Coach & President
Golden Visions Success Coaching, LLC
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