“As you breathe in cherish yourself. As you breathe out cherish all beings.”
H.H. The Dalai Lama
As 2013 begins we may take a look at our lives to see and feel where we can be more of our authentic selves, increase our happiness, love more, achieve more, create more…..and it goes on. It there was one intention for the year, only one mind you, what would that be?
For me I ask to be mindful of my breath. The full, natural optimal breath that was given to me at birth. Breathing fully is perhaps the best way to value yourself and your overall health.
Dr. Andrew Weil, father of Integrative Medicine says it this way, “If I had to limit my advice on healthier living to just one tip, it would be simply to learn how to breathe correctly. From my own experience and from working with patients, I have come to believe that proper breathing is the master key to good health.”
Many of us find ourselves breathing from a very shallow place when we even notice our breath. This shallow breathing is an integral part of what I call the anxiety cycle. Shallow breathing tells the body to protect and be on guard. What unseen forces are out there to get me? …and it takes us into the future or the past, forgetting the precious moment we have right now.
On the other hand a full breath activated via the diaphragm with soft belly and full ribcage expansion tells our body and our psyche that all is well. Ahhh….looking forward to the next full breath, the next life moment. Do you want to live a full, healthy and expanded life?
DID YOU KNOW…The average person reaches peak respiratory function and lung capacity in their mid 20′s? As they continue to age they lose between 9% and 25% of respiratory capacity for every decade of their life! The findings resulting from a 5,200-person clinical study group observed over a 30-year span showed that the way a person breathes is the primary measure of potential life span. (From Framingham study) Do As One
The breath practice above suggested by the Dalai Lama is simple and effective, or the simple words of “I am breathing in” and “I am breathing out” for 10 breaths, with eyes open or closed, and in a posture of comfort is one way of breaking the anxiety cycle….and putting your focus on enhancing the way in which you are presently breathing and living!
Begin 2013 with cherishing your breath, yourself….and all beings.
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