Balance, Start With Breath

 

If you don’t like what ís happening in your life, change your mind.  That can be easier said than done, but you have start somewhere.  Where do you start?

This brief quotation from the Dalai Lama reminds us that our experience of life changes as do we. As we change, we change the way we influence – and are influenced by – our surroundings.

How are you inventing your life today? How does the way you think affect your actions? And how might you become more aware of this? Well, a centering breath is a place to start.

When you’re stressed, in conflict, or otherwise under pressure, do you hold your breath? Most people do. When you stop the natural flow of air, you become tense and unbalanced, physically and emotionally. Your body, mind and spirit are disconnected.One of the easiest ways to regain your balance is to start breathing again. Open your throat, relax your body and allow inspiration to take place. Inspiration, a great word, isn’t it? Your breath is your life energy that connects to inner wisdom, resources and strength.  I also think contemplative prayer is a good way to center yourself.  I use both breath and contemplative prayer to center myself, as well as affirmations from scripture, relatied to scripture.

A good way to practice centering is to notice how often you hold your breath. The awareness will trigger you to start breathing again. The more you notice, the less you’ll hold your breath, and the more relaxed and centered you’ll be. Try it, see what happens.