Living in Joy
Loving in Joy
Parenting in Joy
My mother was an exceptional cook, she used to say her secret ingredient was 'Love'. When she was choosing her vegetables - she experienced Joy, when she was designing a menu, she did it in a state of Joy and when she was preparing or serving food she did it with great Joy and sprinkled Love into all of her meals and pastries.
I learned a great deal from this powerful inspiring woman who knew the secret of life. She lived a life full of love and brought joy to every situation.
I remember her excitement when she announced, "tonight we are having a special treat: we are having Jam sandwiches" my brother and I loved those evenings. Of course as I reflect I suspect that there was insufficient funds for a cooked meal on those evenings. Filling our home with love and her unending faith made even the dark days full of light.
Whatever you are doing - do it with Joy, fill yourself to overflowing with Love and Trust that everything will be OK.
Without changing anything, just listen and watch your breathing. How are you breathing? Maybe rapid, slow, rythmic, deep or shallow? If you change that on purpose, how do you feel?
We can change our breath to change our mood, emotion, feelings and health: Play with the breath to see where you are most comfortable: Try breathing through the nose, both in and out: long slow inhales with even longer exhales - how does that feel? When we hyperventilate or breathe rapidly. we oxygenate our bodies, which helps us heal and feel 'alive'.
When we count our breath in and out: For example: In,2,3,4 Hold 2,3,4, Out 2,3,4,5,6,7, we create rythms and our brain slows down and the mental chatter can find its peace. When we meditate, we focus on our breath to find silence and use our breath to enter into a deep state of relaxation.
Belly breathing might sound a bit strange, but this is a natural way to breathe: As you breathe in rather than raising your shoulders, breathe deep into your lower abdomen and gently and softly push it out, then when you breathe out gently and softly pull your lower abdomen in. This becomes quite natural again after a little practice. Be gentle with yourself at all timesand gain clinical advice if you have any respiritory concerns
Living on Purpose - Breathing on Purpose. Exploring your Capacity