It usually takes a lot longer to get rid of things than it does to accumulate them. And that's the reason we need to spend time EXHALING through life, not just inhaling. Slow things down. Deepen things up. Open up your body, brain and heart to experience MORE.
Unchecked, your fear mind (or "Mafia Mind," as I like to call it) will start its negative script about the idiot driver in front of you or your chatty office mate who made you late, creating constriction (stress). This is your chance to do something different.
Even though there are situations in which we have no control over what happens and no ability to affect the outcome, is it possible to stay cool in a world that is constantly making demands and creating challenges?
Do you have the presence of unconditional support for your projects and the challenges they bring? Do enjoy the value of a good listener who offers no comment or criticism but who is simply there for you?
I am exactly where I need to be at all times. My soul is on a learning line, and who am I to try to figure out why it is where it is right now? My job is not to attempt to answer that question but to remain present in the place I am.
A sun salutation is a sequence of yoga postures performed with each posture coordinated with a particular breath. When I need to "reset" my mood, nothing works better than doing a few "sun salutations.
For many of us, unuseful fight-or-flight or desire responses distract us or disrupt our attention -- or even affect our behavior -- numerous times throughout the day, during business meetings, lunch, while we're trying to fall asleep, or talk to a friend.
Acupuncture is usually portrayed as a blissful spa-like experience, so relaxing that it causes people to drift off into a peaceful, healing sleep. But not always, and many people have the most anxiety around the part when the needle-wielding acupuncturist leaves their side.
When you text or use email on your smartphone, laptop or iPad, are you breathing or do you hold your breath? Eighty percent of us seem to have "email apnea." Definition: Shallow breathing or breath holding while doing email, or while working or playing in front of a screen.
Remember that you do have time, every day, to relax and cultivate peace. Let your everyday activities prompt these calming practices, and your old patterns of stressful thinking will begin to change for the good.
When we count our breath, we count on our breath. We discover it is the ticket back to ourselves. The breath both coaches and coaxes us into self-reliance, not only for relaxation into sleeping states, but also for profound letting go in superlatively chaotic and awake states.
Breathing is an activity most of us don't think about, but there are many ways to breathe and we breathe differently in different situations. Breathing a certain way can assist us in how we relate to a situation, and therefore impact our wellness.