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
One of the key components of a successful life Lived on Purpose is structure. If we are to be the architects of our life, we must follow a sequence of behaviours that create a pattern in our day and provide us with a measurable outcome.
First we must understand the 'ground' we are building on: Who am I?, What makes me the person I am? Why do I react in this way? When am I at my best? We might need to excavate some old programmes, beliefs or actions to make way for the new. We can do this through creating moments of 'silence' in our day, a time when we can stop, turn off the demanding 'got to' thoughts and listening to our inner voice. Enhancing this action by questioning the programmes we are running and deleting the outdated ones and reflecting daily on all that we have learned and openly and enthusiastically expressing our gratitude.
Then we must 'design' the life we want to lead - sharing ideas with experts and people who want the best for us. Engaging professionals to help us delete those pesky old programmes. And then devise a clear plan to 'build' a sustainable life.
Keeping on track requires persistence, order and daily intention. Keeping records, reviewing and reflecting and maintaining a daily structure that propels in the direction of your goals.
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