SOOOO many people ask me what to do to clear their busy thoughts, and live a more balanced life. They tell me that they have tried so many things and whatever they try works as a temporary fix, but inevitably they fall back into the same habits and routines that perpetuate stress and overwhelm. THIS IS NOT GOOD PEOPLE!!!
I have had many a similar experience personally and witnessing my husband and it dramatically impacted my health and even put my husband into the ICU. So about ten years ago, I decided that the hamster wheel of life had to stop. I began several practices that ultimately have served thousands to stop running over themselves in their lives and start finding peace and presence. Surprisingly it is literally one goal, with many access points.
THE GOAL: BREATHE MORE. BREATHE OFTEN. BREATHE AGAIN AND AGAIN. BREATHE NOW… every time you can remember. (You will learn that having the inner awareness and remembering to breathe… these are the real habits to build!)
THE ACCESS POINTS: (These are definitely NOT the only ones. In fact once I share some, you will surely notice that there are many you have probably already been doing, but without the awareness of the access it is easy to miss the benefit.)
1. Clear the thoughts in your mind. It would be sooo amazing if the next version of human beings had little switches that we could turn on and off that would sweep our mind clear of all thoughts, like a refresh switch. (So many of us are so tactile, we need the darn switch) Alas, we must make do with our current version of ourselves so it is important to begin building your awareness of your thoughts muscle. Can you sit still and witness your thoughts floating by, or is there just too much noise in there? Time to learn to slow those thoughts down and allow them to fall out of your head into a beautiful little leaf and float on down the stream of consciousness back into the ocean of belief and desire.
2. Get your heart rate up. Exercising, changing your state, changing your mind, and changing your physiology and your psychology impacts your experience of how easily and effortlessly you breathe, and has been scientifically proven to contribute to a positive mood and an overall enhanced sense of well-being. Yoga, breath work, spinning, walking, group exercise classes are great resources to get your heart rate moving. Find your pace. Your breath will thank you. **(Research shows that participating in some form of exercise impacts us physiologically and psychologically. Several examples include: the thermogenic hypothesis, in which a rise in core body temperature following exercise can lead to an overall feeling of relaxation and reduction in muscular tension. The endorphin hypothesis, predicts that exercise has a positive effect due to an increased release of β-endorphins following exercise. Endorphins are related to positivity and mood balance. The monoamine hypothesis, states that exercise leads to an increase in the availability of brain neurotransmitters (e.g., serotonin, dopamine, and norepinephrine) that gives rise to clarity and enthusiasm. And the distraction hypothesis, which suggests that physical activity serves as a distraction from worries and depressing thoughts.)
3. Spend time with people who you love and feel loved by. When was the last time you really asked yourself before going to a social engagement, “Am I going to be loved sufficiently?” It may sound like an unfamiliar inquiry however the stress of social interaction is typically very high and can equate to performance anxiety resulting in tightening our bodies and consequently our diaphragm which diminishes our breath.
4. Create your personal meditation practice. There are so many different types of meditation. Here are just a few examples that you may or may not be familiar with: Zazen, Vipassana, Mindfulness, Loving-Kindness, Psychosynthesis, Mantra, Transcendental Meditation, Yoga Meditation (any type), Self-Inquiry, Walking, Sound Bath, Watsu – Underwater, Taoist, Qigong, Guided Meditation, Binaural Beats, Theta Meditation. No matter the form, it is creating the practice that provides the access to your breath.
It is my pleasure to encourage you to be on the journey of self-awareness. It is time for you to enjoy the fullness of your breathe as a way to connect to yourself and your inner awareness. As a gift for you on your journey to a deepened relationship with your breath, I have included my post-exercise meditation. It combines the best of a few of the access points mentioned above so you can wipe your thoughts and get your heart beating to the tune of your love!
Breathe in the gift of LOVE. Breathe out the Love you have to share.
It is your time NOW… to breathe. aaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhh!
With love and breath,