Breath is Life: The Powerful Art of Breathing
“Breathe deeply, until sweet air extinguishes the burn of fear in your lungs and every breath is a beautiful refusal to become anything less than infinite”
Breath is life! Quite literally, it allows us to live. It’s the process of bringing in oxygen and flushing out carbon dioxide from our system. The art of breathing is so much more powerful than just the practice of inhaling and exhaling. Think about it, breathing does more than just keeps us alive. It gives us power! It engages us to the present moment. The breath connects us to unlocking the “key” muscle to relax and keep us calm. Breathing empowers us by building our bodies with strength, vitality, and endurance, both physically and mentally.
In through your nose, out through your mouth
Right now, you are thinking about breathing, right? I encourage you to take this moment to sit back and pause. Take in some deep breaths by breathing in deep through your nose, holding your breath for 1-2 seconds then slowly letting it out through your mouth. How do you feel? A little more relaxed? Calmer? Rejuvenated? A little more alive? Take notice of how you feel emotionally. Are you feeling a bit more grounded? Maybe you’re feeling a bit more in control and centered? Perhaps you’re thinking more deeply about everything I have just mentioned? In this short amount of time, just by taking a few deep breaths, you have experienced so much. It’s what our breath does, it’s one of many superpowers within us.
As you begin to take in more breaths through the art of breathing, you will start to feel your body becoming energized, powerful, and relaxed all at the same time. You are now more centered and controlled. Notice how good it feels to really breath in deep. It’s almost as if your body wants more oxygen with each inhale. Taking deep breaths throughout the day is going to help you feel great. It’s going to help you stay present in the moment and able to stay focused with whatever comes your way. By the end of the day, you aren’t going to feel tired and drained. You are going to have continual positive relaxed energy that is going to be with you until you fall asleep. When bedtime does hit, you will be able to drift off in a restful slumber.
Breathing is more than just a physical exchange
Without breath, we would die, that’s a given. What we fail to notice is that breath is more than just the exchange of oxygen and carbon dioxide. Breathing is also the exchange of thoughts, beliefs, and emotions. Every time you take a breath, you are sending signals throughout your body. Your brain responds by asking the body, Is this a fight or flight situation? Or is this time to be happy and feel joyful? Based on the emotional response to breathing, your feelings, thoughts, and actions react accordingly. Be mindful about how you are breathing. Ask yourself, “when I’m taking a breath, is it a short breath reaching to my chest, or am I taking a slow, deep breath that reaches down to my belly?”
Inhaling the positive, exhaling the negative
Through the breath, we are instructing our bodies how we want to respond to the outside world. How we breathe is how we think and feel. Our emotions are connected with our breath just like our mind is connected to our body. I really took notice of this enlightened ideology when I began my daily affirmations. I was breathing in the words and my body was responding. Breathing in my affirmation and letting go of what no longer needed to be with me is such a powerful tool. By inhaling positive feelings with each breath (and affirmation), the negative feelings have no choice but to flee; that’s the direct exchange you will experience leaving your body feeling refreshed and more alive than ever. Much like oxygen, the deeper the breath, the greater the return. By breathing in deeper, you are getting to all parts of your body, taking control of your mind and re-energizing your soul. Breath is life on all levels.
The art of breathing is a powerful method that allows you to take control of your body and mind. Deep breathing relieves stress, releases endorphins, promotes relaxation, and, even, reduces physical ailments and pain. I would love to hear more about how the art of breathing has changed your life. If you’re looking to add affirmations to your breaths, let’s connect today!